Our top wine is matured for an average of 14 months in our superb barrel store (40-60% new oak depending on the vintage). Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot make up the majority of the blend, with the proportions varying from one year to the next. They are supplemented by Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The estate’s wines go into gravity-fed vats and undergo vinification with a partially gravity-based system, which is more sensitive to the integrity and subtleties of the grapes and the wine.
Tasted by texaswinelover on 4/18/2012 & rated 91 points: Very nice. Ripe with strong but penetrable tannins, dark/red fruited profile with oak backbone but not obtrusive. earthy and substantial. I expect this to evolve nicely. Approachable now if you dont mind the tannic grip. Drank from 375. (3049 views) Tasted by MicklethePickle on 4/9/2012 & rated 93 points: This really is an excellent bargain. Dark ruby, good viscosity. Deep, brooding, dark purple fruit wrapped in glorious oak aromas fill the nose. Very fine young Bordeaux nose, very promising. Silky but full in the mouth, loads of fruit and good grip, this just fills every corner with lovely young fruit.Takes awhile to unfold on the palate, and when it does, it is lovely if young and primary. Still tannic, this wine has quite a future although for me, it is still marvelous right now and would be great with a thick, juicy rare steak. A winner all around. 4-13-17-9: 93/100. (3642 views) Tasted by Tiderunner22 on 4/6/2012 & rated 92 points: Very young wine, drinking well now but all the components are there for an age worthy wine. Fantastic QPR have three bottles in cellar and will be buying more before price goes up. (3302 views) Tasted by RockinCabs on 4/1/2012 & rated 91 points: Similar to prior notes. Need to decant this right now for several hours to get the full experience. (3785 views)
Robert Parker 90 Points Elegant, with loads of black currant fruit, cherries and dusty, loamy soil notes as well as hints of tobacco leaf, spice box and cedar, it is a medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, fleshy wine that should drink nicely for 10-15+ years. This is the best wine I have ever tasted from this property, which has gone through many changes and frequent listless, uninspiring performances. The change to a better class of St.-Estephe was started by the late Vincent Mulliez, who passed away tragically last year, but who got things started by reducing yields, cleaning up the place, eliminating the TCA that had tainted so many wines in the past, and going with a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The result is the best wine they have ever made, or at least the finest I have ever tasted from them. Wine Spectator 92 Points On the toasty, more modern side of the spectrum, with ambitious roasted fig, apple wood and blueberry confiture notes followed by racy graphite, espresso and blackberry pâté de fruit. Not shy, but has the density for balance. Best from 2013 through 2024.—J.M.
94. Very enjoyable even now. Beautiful color, very dark clear red, with legs. Rich aroma of dark ripe cherries and old oak. Initial flavor of ripe fruit, deepening and filling the mouth with added spice, followed by strong smooth tannins, all lingering after tasting. Non-obtrusive alcohol at 14%. To me this is the flavor that made French wines unique, worth looking for, and a joy to find.
WE 93pts. - Herbs, Spice, Toast, Velvety - St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France - "A fine and spicy wine, the wood toast well integrated with the sweet fruit. Deliciously ripe Merlot vies with the Cabernet tannins to give a dark, complex wine."
WE 93pts. - Herbs, Spice, Toast, Velvety- St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France - "A fine and spicy wine, the wood toast well integrated with the sweet fruit. Deliciously ripe Merlot vies with the Cabernet tannins to give a dark, complex wine."
Wine Advocate(1994 Vintage) Rating: (85-86) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 104 on Apr-96
Wine Spectator(1994 Vintage) Rating: 81/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/97