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The flagship estate of Dany and Michel Rolland (by the way, Rolland’s autobiography has recently been published and it is highly recommended), Bon Pasteur’s 2011 is a strong effort in this difficult vintage. Yields were tiny, resulting in a concentrated, intense wine with a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of mulberries, boysenberries, caramel, truffles and flowers. Medium to full-bodied with adequate acidity, velvety tannins and a plush, savory, expansive mouthfeel, it should drink well for 15 or more years. 2012 - 2027 Rating: 91-93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2012)
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The Le Bon Pasteur deserves time in glass so that it can meld together. It offers macerated dark cherries and a touch of fresh dates all cloaked in vanillary new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip on the entry. It displays saturated tannins that are quite fine, layers of toasty black fruit mingling with cassis and blueberry that lead to a rounded smooth finish. A second sample was showing a little more dryness than the first. Not as complex as the 2009 or 2010 but very seductive for the vintage. Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2012)
Smudgy cherry crimson. A little dusty but plenty of cherry fruit. Violet notes, too. Dense, chewy but the balance of fruit and structure is better than some. Spicy, thick finish. 2016-2024 Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2012)
Toasted, but with a good fleshy feel that builds nicely through the finish as plum paste, cassis and roasted apple wood notes emerge. Solid. Rating: 89-92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2012)
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