December 1, 2018 96 Points, Cellar Selection Wine Enthusiast

“Interestingly released after the softer 2009 version of this wine, this 2008 vintage is beautifully balanced between crisp fruit and ripe maturity. With its red fruits still in place, it also has a toasty yeasty edge that is sophisticated and enticing. It is a superb wine, delicious to drink now although because of the quality of the vintage it will age for many more years, certainly into the 2020s.”

July 1, 2018 96 Points, Cellar Selection Wine Enthusiast

This wine is extremely deep, complex and concentrated in flavor while maintaining wonderful finesse in texture. It starts with fragrant aromas of freshly baked bread and cinnamon. Those are followed by a creamy mouthfeel, pinpoint bubbles and subtle peach, white cherry and apricot flavors that are both delicate and focused at the same time, leading to a long finish. It is so tempting now but best after 2020.

June 15, 2018 88 Points Wine Spectator

“Friendly, with pear and green melon flavors allied to a slightly soft and rounded frame. A light verbena hint gives the finish lift. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 668 cases imported.”

June 15, 2018 92 Points Wine & Spirits

“Frédérique Vayron makes this wine at her family’s estate in the center of Pomerol, under their ownership since 1821. It’s a warm, west-facing slope of gravelly clay, where merlot ripened to succulent sweetness in 2015, firmed up by 15 percent cabernet franc. The fruit touches on pretty notes of raspberry and red plum, along with savory mushroom notes in the tannins. It’s the kind of texturally rich merlot that heads directly for the pleasure centers of the brain.”

June 15, 2018 92 Points Wine Spectator

“Shows intense, ripe cherry flavors, bordering on jammy, yet stays fresh, courtesy of the bright acidity and dense tannins. Young yet well-proportioned, with a lingering aftertaste of earth, graphite and tobacco. Best from 2022 through 2036. 7,500 cases made.”

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