97+ Points - Robert Parker
This wine exhibits beautifully pure notes of creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite and hints of toast and vanillin. The wine is full and rich, and although aged in 80% new oak, the wood is a subtle background component. This beauty will take longer to round into shape than the dramatic and compelling 2009. Forget it for 5-8 years, and drink it over the following three-plus decades.
97+ Points - Robert Parker
95 Points - James Halliday
An elegant mix of a full range of red and black fruits; medium-bodied, with delicious silky mouth feel; 70% Shiraz/20% Cabernet Sauvignon/10% Merlot.
The Ex-Château ’96 Beausejour, once described by Robert Parker as akin to “Domaine Leroy's Richebourg from Burgundy's Cote de Nuits” which is some accolade indeed. Today, the nose offers minerals, earth and truffles. The wines structure is huge and the tannins are evident but beautifully integrated thanks to two decades lying in Beausejour cellars. Very natural and harmonious on the finish. Drinking now!
18.5/20 Points - Raymond Chan
• 3,157 vines of Dijon and Abel clones, 22 year old
• Winemaker: Alex Craighead of Alana Estate - determined with the minimal intervention approach, he lets the vineyard to speak for itself.
94 Points - Neal Martin
The Malartic-Lagraviere ‘09 is evolving into one of the finest wines that the estate has ever produced. It has a more introverted bouquet with dark berry fruit, undergrowth and iodine. With rigorous swirling it still refuses to unfurl. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins. It builds nicely towards a lovely black olive and spice tinged finish that exudes finesse. Superb.
I love Pavie Macquin’s approach to their wine each and every vintage. They never try too hard, everything is natural, precise, fresh with silky smooth tannins. Simply lovely and difficult to resist.
As I indicated last year, quality has improved dramatically at this estate, and the 2006 is a quintessentially elegant Bordeaux displaying a dark ruby/purple color, a lovely bouquet of forest floor, sweet cherries, cranberries, and black currants, medium body, a textured, sweet, tannic mouthfeel, and a long finish. Everything is beautifully pure as well as perfectly balanced in this outstanding effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. Excellent value.
91 Points - James Suckling
Very ripe and intense on the nose with a stewed strawberry and cherry character. Full bodied, with a very jammy palate but so much fruit going on here. Ripe fruit dominates this.
97 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (erobertparker.com)
Deep garnet in color, the 2005 Block 6 Shiraz exudes beguiling notes of warm black cherries, raspberry preserves and Chinese dried plums with hints of fruit cake, salami, mocha and licorice. Very big, full-bodied and rich, the palate is very spicy, densely laden with dried fruits and savory flavors and structured by medium-firm grainy tannins through the long finish. Mature now, it should cellar to 2024+.
92 Points - Robert Parker
The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2008 Branon displays chocolatey, earthy undertones intermixed with black currants and Asian plum sauce. Medium to full-bodied, rich, impressively endowed, supple and evolved, it can be drunk over the next 10-12 years.