Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. This has a beautiful, lifted nose with stunning definition and purity, a lot of vanillary new oak, very modern in style, but quite sensuous and voluptuous. Cassis, blueberry jam and a touch of orange sorbet. The palate is rounded on the entry, touches of roasted herbs inflected the succulent, gamey black fruit with racy acidity on the elegant, harmonious finish. Very polished. This is a sumptuous, gorgeous Saint Emilion that is surpassing my initial optimism. Tasted January 2010.
|Score: 96||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, July 2010|
Tasted at the chateau. A sensational wine from Francois Mitjavile, this 2006 bottled just the week before. This has a little more lift and intensity on the nose than the 2007 with scents of blackberry, wild hedgerow, blueberry and a touch of Indian ink. Wonderful sense of transparency. The palate is medium-bodied, beautifully balanced with good acidity and like the 2007, imbued with the most silky, harmonious texture you can imagine. Very focused, perhaps a greater sense of tension than the 2007 with a wonderfully defined finish. Not quite the length of the great vintage, just easing off on the finish. Drink 2010-2030. Tasted September 2008.
|Score: 93+||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2009|
Very dark crimson. Thick and more high tone than the Roc de Cambes - more black fruits than minerals and burnt stuff, unusually ripe, exotic fruit flavours - almost burgundian it’s so sweet, very very rich and round and voluptuous. Yet there is refreshment here on the palate. Very very distinctive. Light astringency but very very long.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007|
Dark red. Exotic dark raspberry, chocolate liqueur and smoky oak on the nose and palate. Lush, sweet and slightly decadent but not especially exotic for this wine. Round, sexy and plump but with no excess weight. In fact, this is rather suave and smooth, with good inner-palate energy. Finishes with supple, broad tannins and sneaky length. Not quite as creamy or intense as it appeared to be from barrel, but this should give pleasure over the next 10 or 12 years.
|Score: 90||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009|
Good deep red. Exotic black raspberry, bitter chocolate and violet on the nose. Lush but juicy on the palate, with a downright suave texture in the middle and a distinctly firmer finish featuring serious but essentially supple tannins and excellent length. This is beginning to get some tertiary aromas even before the bottling, notes Mitjavile, who did not plan to bottle it until August. "Some people confuse this with old-wine aromas," he said, "but my wines never close up in bottle."
|Score: 89/92||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (132), June 2007|
The perfect expression of the charm that can be achieved in Saint-Emilion. The fragrant ripe cherry is intermingled with raspberry, the sweetness is natural, not over jammy, giving a creamy depth to the palate; lovely flowing elegance.
|Score: 92/95||Derek Smedley MW, April 2007|
An expressive bouquet of ripe cherry, tobacco, raw cocoa, espresso and caramelized blood orange introduces a ripe, full-bodied and expansive wine with fine, ripe tannins underpinned by juicy acidity. Supple, elegant and beautifully balanced. An underestimated vintage at this address.
|Score: 94||William Kelley, wfkelley.com, December 2016|