|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
Menthol and plum on the palate, very chewy tannic feel, heavy body. Quite punishing structure at present, perhaps without the flavour interest to give this the longevity it seems to need. Medicinal flavours dominate the aftertaste. Drinking range: 2022 - 2037 Rating: 16.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2018)
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The nose is perfumed lovely spring violets under which there is a mix of black cherry and cassis. Sweet fruit shows on the start of the palate but the mid palate and finish are fresher with more cherry and bramble. 2016-26 Rating: 87-89 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Dec 2013)
The Grand Vin was picked from 26th until 28th September, including 15% Cabernet Franc. It has a tightly wound bouquet that requires patience, opening with aeration to reveal marine-tinged red and black fruit, with subtle floral notes. The oak is very well integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent entry, plenty of sweet red fleshy fruit laced with white pepper and a touch of spice on the finish. There is good substance here with fine grip on the finish. This will have long-term potential. Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(May 2013)
The 2012 possesses a creamy texture along with a big, sweet bouquet of mulberry and black cherry fruit judiciously touched by smoky oak, graphite and forest floor notes. Round and generously endowed with a dense plum/purple color, fragrant aromatics, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and silky tannins, it should age effortlessly for 12-15 years. Proprietor Helene Garcin-Leveque has fashioned another gorgeous wine from her 15-acre vineyard planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. She also does a terrific job at her Pessac-Leognan estates of Haut-Bergey and Branon in addition to the St.-Emilion estate of Barde-Haut. This property has been on a qualitative hot streak since the late 1990s. 2013 - 2028 Rating: 91-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2013)
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