Lively and penetrating on the nose: red cherries, wild strawberry, a tang of marmalade and even a hint of rhubarb. This is quite complex and evolving, gaining more and more harmony as it opens in the bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, fine but quite solid tannin that lend this backbone, impressive density and a gentle grip toward the saline finish.
Neil Martin, Wine Advocate.
It requires aggressive swirling to coax the floral and sauvage-infused ripe dark berry fruit, spice and pungent earth aromas to reveal themselves. In the same fashion as the nose there is a distinctly sauvage character to the rich, intense, detailed and vibrant big-bodied flavors that possess a supple mid-palate and then tighten up significantly on the serious, muscular and impressively complex finale that delivers excellent length. This mildly rustic effort is excellent and also well-worth considering.
Allen Meadows, Burghound.
Bright medium red. Less obviously vibrant on first pour than the crus from farther north, with raspberry, spice and earth tones dominating. Shows enticing sweetness in the mouth, as well as surprising aromatic lift to the flavors of violet, spices and soil. Finishes with a serious dusting of tannins, an emerging leathery nuance and very good length.
Steven Tanzer, Vinous.