JancisRobinson.com – 17
Tasted blind. Evolved colour. Ruby/rusty rim. Sweet, buttery nose and flatteringly sweet palate. Not the freshest fruit but certainly ripe enough, even if a bit extracted. Neat and lightly minty.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2034
Robert Parker – 92
It is amazing how things have turned around for this tiny jewel of a property adjacent to Chateau Ausone. Production has been cut back and the selection process has become deeply serious as just over 1,500 cases were produced in this vintage. The dense ruby/purple-colored 2011 offers gorgeous aromas of kirsch, crushed rock, raspberries and subtle oak are followed by a medium-bodied, concentrated mouthfeel that suggests low yields and impeccable winemaking. A star of the vintage, it should be forgotten for 4-5 years and drunk over the following two decades.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038
Vinous – 89
Bright, deep red. Very pure aromas of minty blackcurrant, minerals and sweet spices. Juicy, pure and lively, with sneaky concentration to the flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate and licorice. Broadens impressively on the back end, but the long, aromatic finish turns a bit hard.