Totally closed at present, this 2006 reveals notions of crushed rocks, and sweet kirsch and raspberry notes in a medium to full-bodied, elegant style. Its elevated tannins suggest that this wine may not turn out as well as I had hoped. Good purity and potential complexity are there, but the tannins are worrisome. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020?
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009|
An ethereal, finesse-styled, Cheval Blanc-like delicacy accompanied by intensity characterize the 2006 l’Arrosee, another terrific effort from new proprietor Roger Caille. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a sweet perfume of crushed rocks, raspberries, cherries, flowers, and spice. Velvety-textured and structured, with considerable concentration yet a lightness of being, this finesse-styled beauty should be ready to drink in 3-5 years, and last for two decades.
|Score: 92/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
Tasted privately with a negotiant. A lovely, well defined minerally nose with wild strawberry, cassis and a touch of blueberry. Medium-bodied palate, very ripe but not over ripe, vanilla pod, violets and blueberry again. Very harmonious, focused with a fine, pure, oak-driven finish that is supported by ample black cherry and cassis fruits. An excellent wine. Tasted April 2007.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2007|
Dark and rich. Toasty sweet on the nose with great opulence and, it would seem, admirable selection. Succulent and round and satin texture. Quite dry tannins are overwhelmed by the ripeness of fruit. SO polished!
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007|
Full red-ruby. Sexy aromas of redcurrant, spicecake, tobacco, loam, licorice and minerals. In a distinctly firm, structured style, with juicy acidity intensifying its dark berry and mineral flavors. But there's also good flesh and sweetness over this wine's firm spine. Spreads out nicely on the lingering finish.
|Score: 89||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009|