(From 2011 Vintage) Rocky volcanic-origin Rhyolite. L’Esprit des Pavots literally means “The Spirit of the Poppies.” This wine was grown in the original Les Pavots vineyard blocks that we completely replanted between 1996 and 1999 due to phylloxera. In replanting, we spared no expense, utilizing only the rarest and best clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The 2009 vintage wine made from these young vine blocks captures the “spirit” of the Les Pavots terroir.
(From 2010 Vintage) Opaque ruby. Strikingly pure, complex aromas of redcurrant, cherry, spicecake, tobacco and licorice. Pliant, focused red fruit flavors are complemented by deeper notes of mocha and cola. Finishes with silky tannins and a slow-building mineral quality. With its clarity, juiciness and lingering spiciness, this is far more inviting than the brooding Pavots today.
Wine AdvocateRating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 157 on Feb-05
Wine SpectatorRating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/15/06