92-93 points. A detailed nose of red cherry, strawberry, cooked meats and iron introduce very elegant flavors on the palate with good density yet notably coated structure. All the elements seem to be there more or less and just needs time. This is very pretty at the moment although not showing all it has.
Color : medium red. Nose: Relatively closed with some shy notes of coffee, red sweet fruit and dried flowers. Palate: Earth inflected red fruits with some gripping tannins. Moderately interesting but not altogether captivating or pleasurable. I was hoping for more. Too young?
Nose: Sarsaparilla, smoke, cured meats, crushed gravel, black cherries. Generally dark, rich, and sappy. Palate: Black, tart cherries with moderate tannins on the attack. Mid-palate through the finish is pretty muted. Some sap on the finish but also hints of animale.
Overall, I find this to be quite rich with a tightly wound core, above average acidity, and well below average fruit. This will one day be dark and elegant but I don't see it aspiring to anything greater than a village level wine.
Seems to me to be in the typical Maison Potel style -- lackluster questing after a price point. Which is why people would buy this -- because it gets you Bonne Mare at a price. I wouldn't go above $125 for it.
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