A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2012 Providence exhibits an earthy, new saddle leather, spicy, masculine style that is less expressive than most Pomerols. There is plenty of density, power and richness, but the wine seems monolithic and somewhat unformed at present. I suspect it will come around given how recent vintages have performed, but for now, it is closed and inaccessible.
|Score: 88/90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013|
The Providence 2012 has a precocious bouquet of lifted black fruit, kirsch, incense and a little dark chocolate. It is quite a mercurial bouquet, one that becomes more floral with aeration, hints of brine and salted liquorice. The palate is medium-bodied with light but tensile tannins. This is not a Providence of power and concentration, but it is light on its feet with an attractive salty tang on the finish. Classy, but a Pomerol not seeking attention. Tasted April 2013.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013|
Dense and rich red for the vintage with plums, dried strawberries, dark chocolate and spices. Full-bodied, layered and displaying a caressing mouthfeel. Flavorful and intense finish. Savory and minerally. Better in 2017.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2015|
The nose is slightly lean and quite tight but the black plum is there enriching the palate. The layers of black fruits give lots of complexity and although the tannins are quite firm there is a mass of sweet fruit coming through on the finish. 2020-38.
|Score: 91/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2013|
The reputation of Providence has grown exponentially since the Moueix family took over the
château in 2005. This is quite a butch and tannic wine, at least initially on the palate, but
beneath the firmness, the fruit is perfumed, fine and succulent with pure black fruits and a
hint of liquorice.
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013|
2005 was the first release of Chateau Providence after Christian Moueix purchased the property. Situated on the Pomerol plateau, next to Chateau Lafleur and Hosanna, it is planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Production is normally around 1000 cases per annum, but this year it is 40% less. This is a big, chewy, black Pomerol. Lots of flesh on the palate with rich, crushed black fruits and a viscous texture. Solid and thick. Quite firm tannins. Not as fine as some of the other JP Moueix wines.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, March 2013|
Deep dark cherry colour. Less immediately aromatic than some. Savoury and juicy and delicious. Refined and velvety and long. Much more voluptuous than most Moueix wines so far tasted. (JH)
|Score: 17||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013|