August 29, 2018 94-95 Points

“Compelling purity and depth of blackberries, framed in plenty of fresh, mocha-scented oak. The palate continues in the same vein with spicy, meaty, cherry, plum and mocha flavors. Warm, espresso finish. Barrel sample.”

August 29, 2018 95-96 Points

“Briar, red cherries and darker plums, dark chocolate, pepper and spices. This has density and impressive, fleshy weight through the mid-palate. The tannins are web-like with a superb sense of detail. Light and shade. Lots on offer, even at this young stage. Will be great, so don’t miss this. Barrel sample.”

August 29, 2018 93 Points

“Plenty of exotic spice and fragrant allure. Bright, red cherries and berries with baking spices and meaty notes. The palate is supple, elegant and packed with sweetly spiced fruit flavors. Fine tannins. Elegant and very approachable. Drink or hold.”

August 28, 2018 92 Points Wine Review Online

“The most impressive characteristics of the 2015 Ladoucette Pouilly-Fumé are its intense flavor coupled with tensile acidity and richness of texture. The wine’s aromas and flavors suggest citrus (lime, grapefruit, lemon) and citrus skin as well as green apple and fresh herbs. Tasting a Pouilly-Fumé, of course, I look for smokiness or gunpowder complexities; those aromas/ flavors are not evident in this wine at this stage, but the wine clearly has an earthy, mineral note in its flavor as well as a tactile character that I might describe as stony or chalky. The wine’s flavors show not only intensity but also purity and terrific concentration. The wine is bone dry but its concentration of fruit brings richness and weight that distract from the dryness, even as high acidity emphasizes it.  The structural dynamic that results is so fascinating that I can hold the wine in my mouth for dozens of seconds, sensing first the verticality of the acidity and then the lateral sensation of concentration, weight, and the rich, oily texture, and finally the interplay of the two forces. Even when you drink the wine in a normal way, you will probably notice how balanced it is, and how intricately built.”

August 28, 2018 92-94 Points Jeb Dunnuck

“Not yet bottled, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Haute-Pierre sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as a classic, traditional bouquet of ripe cherries, blackberries, sandalwood, and scorched earth. It's concentrated, has bright acidity, building tannin, and a great finish, all pointing to a wine that's going to need short-term cellaring yet keep for 10-15 years. It's a classic, superb wine from this team.”

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