The 2009 is enormous in size, yet broodingly backward, I was somewhat surprised by the astringency of the tannins in this blend of 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a big wine (14.5% alcohol), black purple in color, with huge concentration of fruit and beautiful purity, but a good decade of cellaring is required. From a top terroir, this wine is built for the long haul, and I am sure it will be even better than its relatively conservative rating at this point. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2035.
|Score: 92+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012|
Yields here were 30 hectoliters per hectare, and the final blend 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. The dynamic duo of Stephane Derenoncourt and Nicolas Thienpont produced nearly 4,000 cases of wine from this terroir, which has been promoted to a first growth in the St.-Emilion hierarchy. The 15% natural alcohol is rather shocking, because it is not the least bit noticeable. The wine is inky purple-colored, with loads of viscosity, an unctuous texture, and an enormous nose of charcoal, graphite, blackberry liqueur, and forest floor in a full-bodied, seamlessly constructed style. At the same time, the impression is one of a very unevolved, backward wine that has even more weight to put on and more nuances to reveal. I think this is one wine where the "plus" in the numerical rating will be very revealing. Forget it for 5-7 years and drink it over the next 30-40 years. (Tasted five times.) Drink 2015-2055.
|Score: 94/96+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
The Pavie-Macquin '09 is a blend of 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and just 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a very ripe, sweet crème de cassis and blackcurrant pastille scented bouquet that is not a million miles away from Pavie '09, but not as gregarious and showing more aromatic clarity. The palate is medium-bodied with hints of dried orange peel and cedar on the entry. This is beginning to show both its backbone and minerality and like the Pavie, may close up for several years. A great wine though - wonderful poise and effervescence here. Tasted December 2012.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013|
Tasted at the Saint Emilion UGC, this has a very ripe, almost porty nose that I think is just a little over-extracted (which is a great surprise.) Macerated black cherries, cassis, apricot jam and a touch of damson. Pretty, but less would have been more. The palate shows much better balance with fine, saturated tannins, fabulous concentration with layers of spicy red fruits on the ebullient finish. Leaving my sample aside for 10 minutes, that nose does calm down as I think it will through its elevage, after which I am sure this will represent one of the top Saint Emilion wines. Tasted March 2010.
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010|
Gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberries and blueberries, with vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with a solid core of very ripe fruit, toasted oak, milk chocolate and a long finish. Layered and intense. Made from organically grown grapes. Try in 2018.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2012|
Superfocused and beautiful, like looking at Mont Blanc with a clear sky and a blanket of snow. Full and refined, with gorgeous fruit and wonderful refinement. Silky tannins. Clearly the best ever.
|Score: 96/99||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010|
Deep, bright crimson. Very ripe, alcoholic notes on the nose. Very sweet black cherry flavours - kirsch actually - on the palate. Super-modern elixir. Not my favourite style of wine but some will love it and it's well done. Not too painful on the finish - just a little drying. Round and juicy and very suave with carefully chosen dry oak. Sinewy and drying. Very cool. Date tasted 30th March 2010. Drink 2015-2025.
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
Stéphane Derenoncourt produces a wine here that Robert Parker describes as "The Lafleur of Saint Emilion". Nestled between Pavie and Troplong Mondot, there is no doubt that this is one of Saint Emilion's finest vineyards - yet en primeur pricing is surprisingly modest with older vintages hard to find. The 2005 vintage, for example, has already trebled in price. The 2009 is a rich wine with gobs of black cherry fruit. Sweet, sexy, opulent yet much preferred by us to Pavie as it has more complexity and some polished tannins.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, November 2009|
Hyperlush, with very creamy fig, blackberry and boysenberry flavors that stay well-defined, as charred apple wood, black tea and singed vanilla bean notes stride in behind. The long, authoritative finish drips with fruit and toasted spice, offering grip for balance. Very impressive. Best from 2014 through 2030.-J.M.
|Score: 95||James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), Wine Spectator Insider (Vol 8, 3), January 2012|
The nose is full of concentrated flavours with powerful black fruits, cassis and black cherry enriching the palate. The tannins feel ripe giving flesh and the back palate although firmed up by the tannins has richness of flavour. Drink 2018-2030.
|Score: 87/91||Derek Smedley MW, April 2010|
Rich, dense and beautifully textured. Combines an opulence of fruit with an amazing freshness and acidity. Long finish. Drink 2018-2040.
|Score: 18||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2010|