Sour cherry, tar and liquorice on the nose, plus a whiff of game. Quite sweet and expressive but with a firm spine of acidity giving shape to the very ripe flavours of cherry, dark chocolate, leather and menthol. Although this is already stylish and approachable, the wine's bracing acids and very good persistence suggest that it will be even better in years to come.
94 Points - Antonio Galloni
The 2006 Syrah is a big, massive effort loaded with dark fruit, tar, licorice, earthiness and game. This is a decidedly powerful, intense wine that needs some time in the glass for the varietal notes to fully emerge. The wine’s balance is impeccable.
95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck (erobertparker.com)
Starting off the single vineyard efforts, the 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Visitare Interiore Terrae (VIT) is a blend of mostly Syrah, with a small portion of Grenache, that comes from the schist soils around the town of Latour de France. It’s unfortunate that there are only 180 cases of this beauty to go around, as it offers a singular profile...
92 Points - Neal Martin
The 2005 Château Poujeaux has quite a pronounced undergrowth element on the nose, with blackberry, cedar and wet tobacco scents developing in the glass. The palate is rounded on the entry, a voluminous Poujeaux with fine tannin, crisp acidity and a judicious touch of white pepper and tobacco towards the finish.
94+ Points - Stuart McCloskey
This is quintessential Pauillac and the best Pedesclaux I have sampled from the estate in over 10 years. The palate is full-bodied with copious sweet ripe black fruit, marked by soft tannins and wonderful harmony and tension. This is undoubtedly an outstanding Pedesclaux which could get better?
92 Points - Stuart McCloskey
Clearly, lacking the extravagance of the Grand Vin however, it’s difficult not to be impressed. Silky / supple tannins work harmoniously with the high quality fruit. Cabernet flavours dominate with blackberry leaf, cassis with a touch of cocoa coming through as the wine starts to reach its tenth birthday. Really delicious but does require 2-3 hours in a decanter.
91 Points - Stuart McCloskey
Alfred and his team produced a super-delicious wine during a difficult vintage. The Grand Vin equalling all the First-Growths and his second wine is comfortably comparable (if not better) than many second wines for double the money. This is a refined Pauillac and drinking beautifully now...
92 Points - Stuart McCloskey
I love the 2012 from Pontet Canet (and Les Hauts de Pontet Canet). The vintage / mother nature forced a change in style away from huge blockbusters to more elegance and refinement. Some of the best wines were produced on this estate during 2012 and both the Grand Vin and Les Haut de Pontet Canet are utterly delicious.
Owned by the Vauthier family, this wine receives much of the same attention as the historic Ausone vineyard. Open-knit with lots of ripe black cherry and black currant fruit as well as crisp acids, a hint of chalky minerality, and a medium-bodied finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.
93 points - Stuart McCloskey