Soft and elegant at the nose with brioche and yogurt, reminding of a freshly baked cheesecake. Well-balanced on the palate, fresh and straightforward with pleasant acidity and minerality. Very expressive.
Aromatically very rich at the nose; a truly complicated bouquet. Lots of body on the palate with ripe yellow fruit, under this most evident layer of flavors there is a subtle chalky character. Rich seductive style.
Green apples and fresh citrus at the nose. Same impressions on the palate along with some caramel and spicy honey but at the same time appearing not at all sweet in terms of residual sugar. Minerality is also there, interesting riesling.
Much more open than the estate's second wine, which is curious. Red berry syrup at the nose with some liquorice and soft oak. Great fruit concentration on the palate mixed with lots of earthy notes. Chewy ripe tannins. Will age really well.
Expressive nose with lots of earthy notes such as freshly picked mushrooms and even truffles. On the palate it gives the same evolved feeling, the tannins are soft and the wine is definitely at a great point in its life.
France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Multi-layered evolved nose with distinctive (but pleasant) humus on a background of red fruit. Very open. Concentrated flavors on the palate but the balanced is disturbed by rather aggressive tannins, still pleasant and you could call it rustic but not the way it should be.
Not much to say about the nose, very closed. Juicy red fruit on the palate, balanced and with a good spiciness beginning from the mid-palate and some soft tannins at the finish. Appearing rather alcoholic and therefore new-world in style, surely pleasant at the moment but not sure what to think of it.
Pencil, chocolate, blackberries and red fruit at the nose. Very balanced on the palate, with soft round tannins and some hints of black pepper. Long juicy finish. Elegant but probably still needs some more time.
Dark cherries at the nose, very deep. On the palate it is lighter than you would expect (certainly when compared with the 2010), very fresh because of this with some pepper and other spices coming through. Soft ripe tannins at the finish.
Dark fruit, chocolate and some earth at the nose. Good structure: concentrated fruit and loads of chewy ripe tannins but not jammy at all. Powerful but at the same time also very round and with a silky texture.
Fresh cabernet dominated nose with hints of coffee, burnt oak, pepper and chocolate. No real signs of evolution. Good depth of fruit on the palate with round tannins. Will still improve over the next few years but also really liked it at this moment.
Very open and elegant nose with soft fruit and vegetal notes such as green bell pepper and Pascal celery. Good dark fruit concentration on the palate (certainly regarding the vintage and being a second wine); balanced and very fresh. Surprisingly good.
Rather closed at the nose, the aromas are coming through very subtle but are quit complex and broad. Balanced on the palate, fleshy and with chewy ripe tannins. Some smoky notes also. It is probably not the best time to drink this wine, some more years to open up again should make a great difference.
Very accessible at the nose with dark fruit and paprika powder and other dried herbs. Firm structure on the palate with sufficient acids and delicious fruit reminding of hard candy on the aftertaste. Can use some time to come together but also very pleasant now.
Rather closed at the nose, concentrated fruit and some charcoal. Remarkable depth on the palate, lots of chewy tannins and perfectly balanced (!) with lots of acids. Classic fresh style but with concentrated ripe fruit. Great wine that probably will need at least a decade to somewhat open up.
Complex expressive nose with elderberry juice, blackcurrant and some vegetal notes (such as hay). Great freshness in the mouth with enough fruit left and soft tannins. Softened and open but not very evolved yet. Very interesting to drink at the moment, will certainly last much longer.
Fresh nose with some mint and floral notes. Very elegant on the palate with red berries and soft oak, perfect balance here. Remarkably pleasant and easy to drink at the moment. It is very deep and there surely is lots of aging potential buried under the many layers of seductive fruit.
Completely different from the 2009 and very closed at the nose. On the palate it is very deep, the fruit concentration is remarkable, the omnipresent tannins are ripe and pleasant but just too many at the moment. This will need a very long time to somewhat open up and soften. Don't open this if you have it.
Light red fruit at the nose, it appears still young and closed with no real tertiary notes. Balanced on the palate with fresh acids, rather light, it does not have the structure to keep it much longer. Fresh and balanced but not very interesting.
France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Perfumed nose with very light and volatile aromas of roses, blossoms and hay. Very expressive. Rich on the palate with chocolate and some notes of flavored fruit brandy; soft tannins. Balanced, great depth and good length; impressive wine.
The nose is delicate and more open than you would expect at this time; water mint, tobacco and some cedar. Round palate with rich jammy fruit but structurally rather light. Medium finish. Classic style leftbanker and already very smooth, with some first tertiary notes appearing.
Very clean sweet wine. Raisins and lots of other dried fruits. Definitely made for easy drinking and for more occasions than classic Sauternes; I am missing some crisp acids though to make it a real success.
Botrytis and butter at the nose, subtle soft oak and roasted nuts. Very concentrated yellow and exotic fruit on the palate; the sweetness doesn't appear caramelized yet, which among other things makes it still appear very young. Richness and great acidity at the same time from onset to finish, really outstanding.
France, Languedoc Roussillon, Roussillon, Rivesaltes
Dried apricot at the nose with notes of nuts, oak and coffee liqueur; very deep. Still very solid and vital on the palate with a silky texture, flavors of freshly harvested walnuts and maraschino cherries. Fresh and balanced.