Stuart McCloskey "Stylish Sauternes from an outstanding vintage. At perfect maturity and awaiting the company of Stilton or Roquefort."
91 Points - Antonio Galloni
The 2014 Montlabert is racy and sumptuous in the glass. Sweet rose petal and spice notes add aromatic lift and overall presence. The more fragrant, delicate side of Saint-Émilion comes through nicely. Given the wine's midweight structure, I would prefer to drink the 2014 sooner rather than later. There is good depth, but I find the 2014 less explosive and energetic than it was from barrel. The blend is 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc from sandy/gravelly soils on a bed of clay. Hubert de Boüard is the consulting winemaker. Tasted two times.
95 Points - Neal Martin
The 2011 Rieussec, a blend of 95% Semillon, 2% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle is an absolute dream. There is wonderful precision and mineralité on the nose, the new oak more integrated than a few months ago. The palate is beautifully balanced with clear honey, brioche and pralines, a sensual Rieussec that is utterly charming, hints of nougat and almond lingering on the long finish. Gorgeous!