The Chapelle d’Ausone has an intense bouquet with vibrant, slightly dusty black fruit that are very well defined and develop intriguing earthy, almost graphite aromas with aeration. Leaving it in my glass over five minute it offers some gorgeous, yet subtle floral notes. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and a degree of composure and refinement. One feels that they could have easily tried to extract more from this wine but resisted temptation and consequently produced a better wine. Everything in its right place.
95 Points - James Halliday
Bright, deep red-purple; the bouquet offers clean, gently ripe blackcurrant and mulberry fruit together with a hint of cedar; the classy, sophisticated, ultra-smooth and supple palate has excellent flow and mouth feel. For the record, the wine does have a percentage of Merlot and Cabernet Franc included.
97 Points - Antonio Galloni
A mesmerizing, thrilling Champagne, the 2002 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart is a great example of the vintage at its best. Silky and racy on the palate, yet a bit more restrained than many wines of the year, the Nicolas François Billecart remains vivid and remarkably nuanced. Brioche. apricot jam, wild flowers and honey are some of the many notes that blossom as the Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart shows off its voluptuous personality. The 2002 is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay.
95 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2005 Exile was sourced from a single dry-farmed vineyard owned by the winery and located in the center of Nuriootpa. It is composed of 85% Shiraz, 10% Mourvedre, and 5% Grenache and was aged for 18-20 months in new French oak. Deep cherry-colored, it exhibits an alluring perfume of toasty oak, wood smoke, Asian spices, tar, blueberry, and black cherry. This leads to a full-bodied wine with chewy fruit, ripe flavors, great depth and concentration, and a pure, lengthy finish. Drink it through 2030.
92 Points - Robert Parker
White currants, and fennel seed/licorice intermixed with ripe grapefruit, honeyed melons and a touch of new oak are all present in this fresh, medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, crisp, dry white Graves. Anticipated maturity: now-2025.
(Disgorged July 2015, Lees: 48 months)
Another masterpiece from Francis Ouriet, who offers up a remarkably taut, focused cuvée (70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay) with great energy and minerality in its precise, crystalline fruit. Iconic and deservedly so. The wine Brut Tradition Grand Cru spent 48 months on the lees and was disgorged in July 2015.
91 Points - Neal Martin
The Pavie-Macquin 2007 has a ripe fig-tinged bouquet with macerated dark cherries, sous-bois and a touch of honey. Fine definition. The palate is well defined with an edgy entry, crisp acidity with a peppery finish. Very elegant and refined, this is a lovely Saint Emilion 2007. Drink over 8-12 years.
93 Points - Stuart McCloskey
The 2011 is starting to show its true potential and unfurls beautifully after an hour two in the decanter. Everything is in the right place – sweet fruit and cassis, which is perfectly framed with fresh acidity and subtle tannins. Of the best Saint Julien’s in 2011 and a joy to drink...
90-92 Points - Robert Parker
The outstanding 2013 Lune d’Or (also 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc) is a much more intense, riper, more honeyed cuvee exhibiting abundant tropical fruit, honeysuckle and grapefruit characteristics. Both these offerings can be drunk over the next 2-3 years, although they may last a lot longer.
94 Points - Neal Martin
This has a much better bouquet with tangible minerality and tension - some fine crisp Sauvignon Blanc here and superb delineation. The palate is nicely balanced with lime, orange peel and citric notes whilst the finish shows comparatively more weight and presence than its peers. Fine.