93 Points "This has a dark, slightly chewy edge for now, but the core of crushed plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit should absorb that with cellaring. Dark ganache and graphite frame the finish, which features a racy, acidic spine. Should unfurl nicely with age. Best from 2015 through 2025.
94 Points "Really attractive nose with wild strawberries, raspberries and roses petals. Dark plums and red cherries with some sweet tobacco and black pepper. Full-bodied and intensely juicy on the palate with velvety tannins, and a beautiful finish with licorice and some vanilla from the new wood. So attractive now but leave it alone for four or five years."
90 Points "Tasted at the Syndicat de Pomerol. Understated elegant bouquet with crisp red fruits, cassis and a touch of dark plum with well-integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with a little hardness on the entry, firm grip, quite a masculine Pomerol that deserves some ageing. Saline finish."
90 Points "This is a solid, angular wine, both its structure and its fruit coming together well. It has an underlying new-wood character that is powerful and rich. The tannins taste sweet and are already softening."
91 Points "This is all rounded, enticing flesh, with succulent boysenberry, cherry preserves, blackberry and fig notes melded together and supported by subtle spice and anise shadings through the finish. Ready to go, but with the stuffing to linger for a while in the cellar. Drink now through 2021."
95 Points "Deep purple-ruby. Knockout nose of black cherry, minerals, coffee liqueur and violet offers uncommon depth and complexity. The flavors of blackberry, black plum and minerals are complicated by a note of iron and given wonderful clarity and cut by harmonious, vibrant acidity. Finishes very long and pure, with distinctive balsamic nuances. There's lots of sweet fleshy fruit here but the wine comes across as amazingly refined and graceful thanks to its vibrant acidity, which really extends the flavors at the back. The best young Certan of the last 12 or 15 years."
92 Points "Bright and ripe, with mouthfilling linzer torte and blackberry preserves pushed by black tea and toasty spice. This has the racy grip of the vintage, which builds steadily through the finish. Turns darker and denser with air."
93+ Points "A bruising, black/purple-hued, full-bodied wine, the 2009 Certan de May displays notes of charcuterie, smoked game, herbs, black truffles, roasted meats, cassis and black cherries. This backward, robustly-styled Pomerol is loaded with tannin as well as extract. Give this full, powerful 2009 a decade of cellaring and drink it over the following 30+ years. I’m sure it is not better than the immortal 1982 Certan de May."
94 Points "The Certan-de-May 2009 has a lovely, composed bouquet with crisp blackberry, raspberry and wild strawberry with engaging underlying mineralité – very contained and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, very composed with well-integrated if prominent new oak towards its long sweet finish. There is a lot of substance to this wine, but it will need 5-6 years to really come into its own."
94 Points "I would focus my wallet on... Chateau Certan-de-May 2008... the “dark horse” of the vintage: a brilliant wine that surpasses all expectations and proof of the pudding is its performance in blind conditions. Now, this is a great Certan-de-May. Very focused, classy..."
91 Points "Muscular and solid, perhaps a bit chunky now, this big red shows toast, coffee and loam notes over a core of black cherry and fig flavors that struggle to emerge from gripping tannins. There's purity and depth that bode well."
92 Points "Wonderful nose of blueberries, spices and light meat, with hints of chocolate as well. Full bodied, with a beautiful structure of ultra-soft tannins and subtle yet rich fruit. Loads going on here."
92-94 points "It may seem surprisingly light to begin with. But this wine has depth, richness, hinting at wood straining through the sweet fruit. It is firm, fresh, but properly tannic."
90-92 points "Quite suave on entry, then densely packed and vibrant, with mouthcoating flavors of blackberry, blueberry jam and licorice. Finishes with ripe, integrated but still noticeable tannins and a lingering violet perfume. Always a supple, flamboyant wine..."
92-94 points "The bouquet is adorable: wonderful definition with maraschino, wild strawberries, a touch of orange liqueur and violets. The palate is full-bodied, very powerful and focused with fine tannins, very good backbone and wonderful purity. Blackberry, wild strawberry and blueberry pie. ... Superb."
91-93 points "A classic Certan de May, the 2008 reveals notes of cedarwood, roasted herbs, graphite, underbrush, and copious amounts of creme de cassis and sweet black cherries. Muscular and full-bodied with sensationally ripe tannins as well as purity..."
91-93 Points BARREL TASTING "...precise red cherries mixed with cassis and red plum aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a sorbet-fresh opening, good acidity with a poised, quite elegant finish. As usual, this microscopic Saint Emilion has fashioned a wine to luxuriate in. Wallow as you will."
90 Points "Good medium ruby. Blackcurrant, violet and a dusty mineral note on the deep nose. Dense, lush and chewy, offering, pure, precise dark berry and floral flavors. Finishes broad, saline and very long, with a density of texture and a degree of fruit concentration that I have never before found in De Sales--and that I didn't even think was possible in view of this estate's very sandy soils. Without doubt the best wine ever made by owner Bruno de Lambert. Well done."
89-92 Points "Offers soft, pure, unadorned plum and raspberry fruit, with a lightly chalky minerality. Fleshes out nicely as it airs in the glass. I think it's just the kind of Bordeaux offering typicity and consistent quality at a decent price point."
95 Points "A fleshy, alluring style, with strong structure, displaying plum, fig and boysenberry fruit laced with incense, Lapsang souchong tea and violet notes. Almost creamy, this features a thread of charcoal lending extra drive and depth on the finish. Seems to expand rapidly in the glass, boding well for cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2030."
94 Points "Good deep red. Sexy aromas of plum, raspberry, chocolate and tobacco. Superripe, lush and sweet, with a remarkably round texture to the concentrated flavors of red fruits, caramel, mocha, spices and iron. As creamy as this is, there's solid underlying structure here from the wine's cabernet franc component. Finishes plummy and very long, with palate-saturating sweetness."
94 Points "This is a wine that is all tannin at this young stage. It is firmly dry and structured with a tight, dark texture. It has the concentrated fruit to sustain this initial severity, but will need many more years to show its power."
96 Points "Beautiful nose with ripe strawberries, red apple and vanilla. Wonderful floral notes too. Sumptuous ripe red fruit and juicy acidity on the palate with finely knit tannins. Full-bodied and very juicy with a soft silky texture and good length. It's hard not to drink it now. But much better in 2017."
96+ Points "This wine displays plenty of black raspberries, black currants, espresso roast, Asian soy and plum sauce along with some mocha and chocolate. Beautifully rich, firm, and full-bodied, with sweet but abundant tannins, this is a classy, noble style of wine that should be forgotten for at least 5-7 years and drunk over the following 20. Remarkably, the alcohol, like most of the wines in the J. P. Moueix stable of Pomerols and St.-Emilions, hit 14.5%. A tiny production of only 1,000 cases in 2010 (versus 1,500 in most vintages), its proprietor Christian Moueix has turned out a more tannic, structured, backward style of Hosanna than the 2009 or, for that matter, the 2008."
94 Points "Deep ruby. Brooding nose hints at blackcurrant, violet, minerals and white pepper... a steely quality to the intense dark fruit and white pepper flavors. Finishes long and clean, with a return of the violet note and a repeating white pepper nuance."
93 Points "There is a lovely plush feel here, with roasted tobacco and fig notes carried by velvety tannins. Deceptively dense, with darker currant and anise notes blossoming through the finish, which still manages to stay supple and rounded. This steadily opens in the glass."
98 Points "Stunning aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate, hazelnut and black olive skin. Full- bodied, with ultra-fine tannins that feel fine silky on my palate. Long finish of coffee bean, chocolate and dark fruits. Best Hosanna ever."
95 Points Cellar Selection "Impressively weighty wine, with a fine combination of tannins, full fruit and a solid, chunky core. The wine is rich, but it also has a sweet acidity. Powerful ageworthy wine, never losing sight of elegance."
99 Points "This is the finest Hosanna that proprietor Christian Moueix has yet made, produced from a 15-acre parcel that usually yields about 1,500 cases. The 2009, a prodigious blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, offers up an exquisite aromatic concoction of blackberries, plums, Asian soy, forest floor, truffles and graphite. Along with its stunning concentration, remarkably thick, juicy mid-palate and unbelievable complexity, its viscosity and opulence take this wine to new heights. This extraordinary wine is one of the superstars of 2009 and one to enjoy over the next three decades."
93 Points "There is a lovely plush feel here, with roasted tobacco and fig notes carried by velvety tannins. Deceptively dense, with darker currant and anise notes blossoming through the finish, which still manages to stay supple and rounded."
95 Points "The Hosanna 2009 certainly repays a little patience. Allowing three of four minutes to open up, it offers a very complex bouquet with crushed strawberry, violet, a touch terracotta tiles and a little white pepper. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins but real weight and dimension. Quite sturdy and stout, one of Christian’s 'grippier' Pomerol wines with enormous persistency towards the finish with a peacock’s tail of gorgeous spicy notes. This is one of the finest wines from Hosanna that I have tasted."
91+ Points "The Hosanna 2008 has a sweet and sour note that dissipates with time, coalescing into the classic liquorice-tinged, dark berried fruit laced with mint after time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannins, a little tough at the moment and the Cabernet Franc is very expressive. Sinewy and introspective at the moment, this is a long-term Pomerol."
93 Points Cellar Selection -- "Austere wine, its tannins pushing forward to give power and structure. It is dense, concentrated, with layer upon layer of bitter coffee and dark fruit flavors, acidity and sweet tannins."
93+ Points "Tasted at JP Moueix. The Hosanna 2008 outstrips my expectations out of barrel. As suggested back then, it is much more "classic" and even "austere" on the nose than recent vintages of Hosanna in their youth. Red-berried fruits, a touch of cigar box, smoke, liquorice and later some attractive mint aromas emerge. The terroir is more transparent compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, dry but supple tannins, very good fruit intensity with great weight and density towards the finish."
90 Points "Fig, clove and tobacco flavors are dark and alluring in this muscular red, which has a thick, muscular texture, but a core of plum and currant fruit keeps it all lively."
92 Points "Lovely nose of Merlot with milk chocolate and raspberry aromas. Lots of mineral character too, but subtle. Full body, with fine and silky tannins and an already delicious dark chocolate and berry aftertaste. Balanced and pretty. Give it two or three years. Hard not to drink now."
91-93 Points "Massively rich wine, featuring ripe black fruit flavors, tobacco and sweet spices. Finishes very long and seamless, with silky tannins."
96-98 Points "The outstanding 2008 Hosanna...possesses the extraordinary complexity and aromatic intensity of a great vintage of Cheval Blanc. Unctuously-textured with a dense purple color, excellent richness, and dense black fruits intermixed with forest floor notes, this sensational wine will merit close to a three digit score when released. The tannins are high, but very ripe and melted, and the wine’s purity is awesome."
90 Points Outstanding 2007 Red at 90 points: "Aromas of chocolate, toasted almond and dark fruits follow through to a full body, with soft, silky tannins and a pretty finish. There's lots of delicate fruit, with outstanding length."
88-91 points James Suckling's Top-Scoring 2007 Bordeaux Barrels: "This very good ripeness and concentration for the vintage."
88-91 points "Deep ruby red. Pure aromas of cassis, blackberry ans licorice. Nicely dense and supple, with ripe, fine-grained darkfruit flavors and noteworthy volume and baby fat for the year. Quite primary today. Finishes ripe and persistent, with enticing sweetness to the dark berry flavors."
89 Points "Ripe cherry and a touch of dried orange rind...Smooth entry, good extraction...Opulent, tannic finish – modern in style..."
91 Points "Bright, deep red. Sexy, quintessential Pomerol aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, cherry, leather and smoke. Lush, pliant and seamless; round, broad and shapely but classically dry. Finishes with noble tannins and excellent length. Very suave and stylish wine."
92 Points "Subtle aromas of chocolate, berry and mineral follow through to a medium-to-full bodied palate, with very well-integrated tannnins and a long berry and fresh herb finish. Very long and refined. Builds on your palate. A relatively new wine from Christian Moueix of Petrus, and on the rise. Best after 2007."
93 Points "Sadly, there are only about 1,000 cases of this offering produced from the finest parcels of old wines carved from the vineyard previously known as Certan-Giraud. A wine of admirable complexity, elegance and purity, it possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as wonderful notes of blueberries, mint, acacia flowers, espresso, and white chocolate. Opulent, rich and pure, with a seamless integration of acidity, tannin and wood, it is a beautiful offering that is not far off the pace of the exceptional 2000. Kudos to proprietor Christian Moueix. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2014."
94 points "Good deep red. Quintessential merlot aromas of raspberry, plum, espresso and sexy oak, with a whiff of mushroom. Big, rich, seamless and sweet, but with beautifully integrated acidity giving the wine excellent thrust. The intense but utterly suave red fruit flavors power straight through the substantial ripe tannins. Finishes with lovely aromatic persistence and excellent grip. Gorgeous, refined wine: Christian Moueix refers to this as "the feminine version of Petrus."
96 Points "Dark color, with blackberry, jam and dark chocolate aromas. Full-bodied and tight, yet powerful, with velvety tannins, caressing finish."
94-96 Points "As I have written so many times before, this is a wine of extraordinary nobility and complexity whose aromatics frequently resemble those of its near-by neighbor, the famed St.-Emilion, Cheval Blanc. ...[I]ts fruit comes from the finest parcels of what used to be known as the Certan Giraud vineyard (the remaining parcels go into Certan Marzelle). The dense plum/purple-tinged 2005 Hosanna offers up sweet aromas of mocha, black raspberries, cherries, cassis, smoke, and flowers. Luscious, opulent, and medium to full-bodied with exceptional class and potential, it should be at its peak between 2012-2025+."
A Four-Star Vintage: "...the wine resembles its prestigious neighbors, Pétrus and Cheval Blanc, with its engaging blueberry nose, its anise and rich current flavors. The silkiness so important to Hosanna is enticing. It's still evolving, still intense, with sensuous texture and a marvelously long finish. It's Pomerol for the serious."
90 Points Outstanding "More structured and tannic than usual, the 2004 Hosanna reveals a noble bouquet of spring flowers, cedar, menthol, and caramelized sweet black cherries and currants. The flavors are rich, savory, and medium to full-bodied, but strong tannins appear in the finish, suggesting 3-4 years of bottle age will be beneficial. It should drink nicely for 12-15+ years thereafter."
93 Points "The style of the property seems to hone in on structure and tannins, but the fruit, dense and black, is also there."
90 Points "Good bright, deep red. Fresh, nuanced nose combines red cherry, tobacco, truffle, smoke and earth. Plump but fresh and intense, with an attractive restrained sweetness and firm underlying structure. This rather sexy and accessible Pomerol spreads out nicely to coat the palate, and finishes suave and lively, with firm tannic spine."
92 Points - Smart Buy "Fleshy, with mouthfilling plum, melted licorice, fruitcake and linzer torte pumping through the broad, well-toasted finish. A not shy-style."
89 Points "Offers solid flesh for the vintage, with dark fig, currant and anise notes laced with roasted apple wood and spice. A graphite streak on the finish adds length and weight."
88-89 points "A deep ruby color is followed by notes of licorice, damp earth, forest floor, and red as well as black fruits. Medium to full-bodied with excellent purity, sweet tannin, and a plump, fleshy mouthfeel, the excellent 2008 Lafleur-Gazin should drink well for 10-12 years."
"The 2001 establishes Chateau Lafleur-Gazin as a legitimate member of the near-Petrus fraternity. With aromas of smoky oak, blackberry, and cherry, this succulent medium-to full-bodied Pomerol is delicious now but has the stuffing to benefit from three to five years of cellaring."
89 Points "Lafleur-Gazin is making better and better wines, and their 2001 is probably as good as their 2000. Exhibiting more structure and tannin than it did prior to bottling, it possesses a deep ruby color with purple nuances as well as aromas of licorice, plums, cherries, incense, and earth. Medium-bodied, with a ripe attack, this elegant effort's structure and tanning closes down the finish. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 10-12."
"The wine displays an expressive bouquet of black currants, flowers, and a hint of chocolate. On the palate, pure flavors of lamb and berry are followed by a silky, lingering finish. This is a wine for drinking, not for storing long term. Enjoy it now and over the next two to three years."
90 Points "Full ruby-red. Raspberry, minerals, lead pencil, botanical herbs and violet on the nose. Bright and juicy, showing discreet floral red berry, licorice, white pepper and mineral flavors. Nicely integrated acidity and youthfully chewy tannins give this wine firm spine. This is the last vintage of Magdelaine (after this vintage Magdelaine was incorporated into Belair to create Belair-Monange), so allow me to raise my glass to the memory of a great chateau. The 1961 Magdelaine is one of the greatest red wines I have ever tasted."
91 Points "Shows a light menthol note before giving way to a smoky, tobacco-infused core of plum and black cherry fruit, revealing perfumy black tea and singed sandalwood details that frame the finish. Seems restrained, with a chalky echo holding sway on the finish. Offers ample depth. Best from 2016 through 2024."
92 Points "Wonderful aromatic nose of flowers, blackberry and currants. Full body with fine tannins and a subtle finish. The ripe fruit and fine tannins are subdued right now but show potential for the vintage. This is the last vintage of this wine, as the vineyards have been amalgamated into Bélair-Monange. Better in 2017."
95 Points "Jam-packed, with mouthfilling notes of blackberry preserves, crushed blueberry, plum skin and anise, showing loads of singed wood spice and briar for a lively texture. Stays supergrippy through the finish and needs a little time to round into form, but the range is serious and the length very impressive. Best from 2015 through 2030."
91+ Points "Bright red-ruby. Lovely perfume of strawberry, plum and rose petal, enlivened by a chalky mineral element. Round and seamless in the mouth but very vinous and not at all overly sweet, with a strong potpourri element. More minerally and less velvety than many 2010 Saint-Emilion wines, and still youthfully tight today. But this is built to age."
93 Points "As so often with Magdelaine, the wine shows severity and dark tannins. In 2010, that has produced a complex and dense wine that has firm tannins, dark black fruits and a feeling of austerity. It will always be a firm wine."
94 Points "Attractive nose with fresh leather, plums and orange peel at first. Opens up with raspberries and vanilla. Wonderful sumptuous fruit on the palate with a full body and good length. Smooth tannins and good complexity. Already very enjoyable."
92 Points "Attractive and elegant, as it always is, with hints of sweet strawberries, crushed chalk, raspberries and cherries, the wine is medium-bodied, relatively rich for a Magdelaine, with an attractive, heady mouthfeel and more suppleness, glycerin and power than this wine – usually a finesse-styled St.-Emilion – normally possesses. Drink it over the next 15-20 years."
93+ Points "Dark red. Aromas of dark cherry, currant and menthol are lifted by floral and mineral high notes. At once seamless and penetrating, with bright minerality giving definition and grip to the dark berry and black cherry flavors. Boasts sexy early sweetness and breadth for a wine from this property but a laid-back coolness as well. Finishes with noble tannins and outstanding persistence. This extremely youthful wine should evolve slowly over the next 20 years."
92 Points "...core of raspberry and cherry preserves framed by a healthy dose of lightly firm roasted vanilla. Very well-built, with sleek edges and good buried charcoal and tobacco, so cellar for harmony down the road."
93 Points "Ripe plum, with hints of sanded oak. Full-bodied, with a pretty core of raspberry and blueberry character. Silky and pretty. Balanced and subtle, yet intense."
94 Points "There is dense, ripe fruit here, although with an austere, serious edge. The wine has firm yet juicy blackberry fruits along with concentrated tannins. It is firm, dark, with the potential for good red berry fruits."
94 Points "A property that has largely been replanted over the last 25 years, the 2009 is one of the best the firm of Jean-Pierre Moueix has yet released from this estate. Eighty percent of this vineyard sits on the limestone plateau and 20% on the hillsides, and the 2009 displays a classic confiture of black cherries, some crushed rocks and spring flowers in a full-bodied, yet at the same time, ethereal and rather elegant style. The wine has gorgeous fruit purity, a broad, luscious texture, and more density and richness than one normally finds in this somewhat finesse-styled wine, which seems to have achieved more depth and potential in 2009."
90 Points "...the Magdelaine 2009 is pure and very rounded on the nose, "spherical" you might say. Small dark cherries and a hint of Indian ink. Fine definition. The palate is well balanced with a powdery texture on the entry, a nice lifted of acidity and very silky on the finish that has a peppery kiss on the aftertaste. Mellow."
91 Points "Bright medium ruby. Perfumed aromas of pomegranate, blackcurrant, aromatic herbs and violet. Sweet and lively on the palate, with vibrant acidity lifting the red fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes smooth and long, with very polished tannins. Medium-boded and surprisingly easy to drink already, but has the stuffing to age well for another 15 years."
92 Points "A sleeper of the vintage, this well-executed 2008 St.-Emilion exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a glorious bouquet of sweet black cherries, licorice and powdered limestone, a good texture, medium to full body and a pure style. Combining substance with finesse, it should age effortlessly for 15+ years."
90 Points "Ripe fruit, with sweet tannins. It is quite light with fresh acidity and attractively balanced, with flavors of dried raisins and final acidity."
90-92 points "As often, Magdelaine is a wine that is on the austere side, emphasizing minerality... opening slowly to blackcurrant flavors."
90-92 points "Enticing flavors of plum, red cherry and minerals are given a laser-like precision by bright acids. Not a powerhouse, this is an even lighter and fresher version of Magdelaine than usual but it has great balance and purity. Lovely persistence with a hint of gingerbread on the finish. Presents a classic example of what merlot can do on calcareous soil."
91 Points "Its firm tannins and structure dominate the fruit. That said, it does have bright fruit underneath all this tightness, and is finely balanced, the berry fruits lifted with some intense acidity. It needs another few months to settle in bottle."
94+ Points (?) "Bright ruby. Sexy, compelling nose of blackcurrant, violet, white pepper and minerals is an absolute knockout. Then very refined on the palate, with a delicate spiciness to the blackcurrant, red plum and mineral flavors, but with noteworthy fleshiness and ripeness lifted by harmonious acidity. This is a very great and impeccably balanced Magdelaine in the making. Finishes long and silky, with a persistent strawberry note. Jean-Claude Berrouet considers this to be a classic Magdelaine: very well balanced and delicious. I think this is an excellent example of just how easy it is to misjudge Magdelaine on release and how well it develops in bottle in strong vintages."
90 points "Medium red. Sweet cherry, currant, tobacco and earth on the nose. Sweet, suave and smooth, with very good density to the red cherry and rose petal flavors. Quite understated in the context of the year, giving an impression of gentle extraction, but with very good structure for aging and considerable class."
92 Points "Very plummy and floral on the nose, with hints of toasty oak, and also chocolaty. Full-bodied, with pleasing fruit character and a sweet tobacco and light cream aftertaste. Has soft tannins and a caressing texture. Best after 2012."
91-93 Points "As usual, distinctive raspberry/kirsch liqueur notes emanate from this primarily Merlot-based wine. The pronounced, fragrant, intense aromatics are followed by a more structured, masculine wine than this generally feminine, gentle-styled St.-Emilion. The 2005 Magdelaine exhibits a dark ruby/purple hue along with medium to full-bodied flavors, and moderate tannin and structure. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025."
89 Points "Bright ruby-red. The knockout nose of fresh blackcurrant, strawberry, cinnamon, marzipan, and white pepper had me going back to the glass again and again. Bright, juicy and focused, showing moderately intense flavors of dark berries and Oriental spices. The finish is long and pure, with very suave tannins... This easy-drinking Magdelaine is perfect to drink now, and a great example of how average vintages can be real crowd-pleasers."
"The Magdelaine remains one of the most reliable Saint-Émilions produced in traditional Merlot fashion -- earthy, mineral notes, with elegance and style. ... Presently the 2004 is drinking very well, and will do so to 2015. Expect black cherry, some spice, earthiness, black currants, and subtle texture. It's a wine to linger over."
90 Points "The 2003 came across like a Pinot Noir with its soft tannin and elegant nose of flowers, sweet cherries, subtle licorice and spice box. Sexy, heady and round, with low acidity, it can be enjoyed over the next 8-10 years."
90 Points "Very attractive blackberry, cherry and light meat aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a caressing finish. Subtle yet rich. Lots going on here. Give it time. Best after 2010."
89 - 92 Points "Bright ruby red. Scented aromas of blackberry, bitter cherry, rose petal and minerals, with positive suggestion of medicinal austerity. Bright on entry, then intense and vibrant, with flavors of cherry, currant and licorice. Very firmly built St. Emilion with a nervy freshness, a touch of youthful austerity and good thrust. I like the way this spreads over the palate. Finishes with fine tannins and very good length."
Ultimate Buying Guid "Blackberry, vanilla and cherry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a fresh finish. Very pretty indeed. Love the length to this. Still tightly wound but should open nicely with bottle age. Elegant and refined. Fine winemaking. Best after 2007."
Highly Recommended "Massive St-Emillion with meaty depth. Fragrant and good. Ripe, vivid, lots of warm fruit. Wonderful saturated chocolate and brandy."
Five Stars / Highest "Without any doubt in my mind, THE FINEST RED WINE I'VE TASTED THIS YEAR. A complete wine. Seductive at every stage, '01 Maggy shows shy balance and grace count so much more than brute strength."
89 Points "This stylish, understated St.-Emilion offers notes of kirsch liqueur, cedar, and spice box in an evolved, medium-bodied, exceptionally elegant style. Pure, delicate, and subtle, it should be at its finest between 2005-2013."
92 Points "Intense garnet hue. Sweetly perfumed aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cedar and a hint of vanillin oak. Balanced, chewy flavors of black fruits, anise, earth and vanillin oak. Lots of earth in the close."
92 Points "Loads of red fruits on the nose, with blackberry and cherry character. Full-bodied, with super refined tannins and a lovely plum, coffee and smoky finish. Very subtle and long. Very close to the 2000 in quality. This is a château on the rise. Best after 2007."
88-90 Points "Bright ruby-red. Cool but ripe aromas of cherry, spices, mint and minerals; perfumed and discreet. Then supple, suave and seductive, with sneaky depth of red fruit, mint and mineral flavor and harmonious ripe acidity. Finishes fresh and persistent, with very fine tannins and a subtly aromatic character."
90 Points "A balanced and delicious budget Bordeaux from a great vintage. Shows aromas of tar, berry, and blackberries. It’s medium to full body with fine tannins and a long finish. The fresh acidity balance to this is very attractive. Drink or hold."
92(?) points "Bright ruby-red. Very closed nose hints at licorice and nutty oak. Sweet and broad in the mouth, with a chocolatey ripeness but less energy and grip than the 2006. This is more mouthfilling, and more sexy today in the middle palate, but may ultimately be less complex. Or is it just more reserved today? Finishes with substantial tannins that call for at least several years of aging. "
92-94 Points "A remarkable blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc has produced a Medoc-styled Pomerol exhibiting a deep ruby/purple hue, a sweet bouquet of roasted herbs, licorice, toasty vanilla, and plenty of black currants as well as truffles. It is a rich, classic effort with abundant tannin, good acidity, and impeccable purity and balance. Always a restrained, reserved style of wine, but it delivers considerable complexity, and ages brilliantly. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030+."
91-94 Points "Bright, deep ruby-red. Aromas of dark berries, licorice, bitter chocolate and toasty oak. Very fresh and tightly wound, with a superb core of primary black fruit flavor. Highly concentrated but currently closed in on itself and dominated by the oak. Best today on the finish, where the density and breadth of the wine are apparent and the tannins are serious but sweet. A wonderfully stylish, vibrant merlot-dominated wine."
91 Points "Good full red. Expressive aromas of mocha, game, tobacco and smoke. Moderately sweet and dense, with a supple texture for the year. And yet the wine's underlying minerality gives it a firmness and contributes to the impression of vinosity. Finishes with excellent length and no dryness. I'd give this three to five years of aging before pulling the cork."
93 Points "A terrific effort, this classic blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as a complex bouquet of cedar, spice box, black cherries, and cassis. With impressive purity, medium body, moderate tannin, and a long finish (40 plus seconds), it will be at its finest between 2008-2018."
94 Points "A very ripe, opulent, oaky nose. Very smooth seductive entry on the silky smooth palate, polished and svelte. Full-bodied, ripe, blackberry, cassis and plum. Harmonious, plump - almost voluptuous but with good acidity balancing everything up. Superb."
94 Points "Very subtle aromas of blackberries, chocolate and plums follow through to a full-bodied palate, with very silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. An excellent wine with great intensity for the vintage. Very long indeed. Winemaker and part-owner Alexandre Thienpont is a master. Best after 2009."
93 Points "A brilliant effort from Alexandre Thienpont, this blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc is a deep purple-colored, fleshy, layered effort offering a sweet nose of creosote, incense, Christmas spices, plenty of red and black fruits, and hints of licorice as well as new oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, with tremendous purity in addition to nobility, give it two more years of cellaring and drink it over the next following 15-18 years."
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