(2008 Vintage) Dense and ripe, with flashes of Black Mission fig, Turkish coffee and roasted apple wood running through the dense core of plum sauce, black licorice and currant paste. The long finish has ample depth and grip, with a singe of black tea. A very classy wine.
Score When to drink Wine Spectator 93/100 Stephen Tanzer 92/100 CellarTracker 91/100 (23 notes from 20 users ) Jean-Marc Quarin 90/100 2015 to 2030 Bettane et Desseauve 17.5/20 2012 to 2020 Gault & Millau 17/20 La Revue du Vin de France 17/20 Decanter 15.8/20 2009+ Jancis Robinson 15/20 2012 to 2020 Earthy nose with underbrush. Leather and cigar box notes with some bacon fat nuances on the finish. Firm acidity. Excellent wine which will continue to improve and round out.
Robert Parker 92 Points Stephan von Neipperg’s splendid 50-acre vineyard on clay and limestone soils has once again produced a beautifully ripe, concentrated, textured, sensual wine of both power and elegance. The 2006, an unfined, unfiltered blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, reveals sweet aromas of fruitcake, cassis, black cherries, roasted herbs, cedar, and spice box. This pure, textured, forward beauty should drink well for 12-15+ years.
Robert Parker(2005 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2008
Wine Advocate(2005 Vintage) Rating: (92-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 164 on Apr-06
Decanter(2001 Vintage) Rating: 5/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Very scented, opulent, really enchanting. Layers of flavour, gorgeous fruit, stylish and fine. Delicious. Drink 2-5 years.
Robert Parker(2009 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2010
Wine Spectator(2009 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/18/2012