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This large estate of 125 acres was cropped at 30 hectoliters per hectare by proprietor Stephan von Neipperg and his consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt. The final blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc hit 14% natural alcohol. The wine possesses a dense ruby/purple color, notes of licorice, crushed rock, spring flowers, blue and black fruits, nice flesh, medium body and good acidity. It should drink well for a decade.
|Score: 87/88||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012|
Tasted twice. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc this has a pretty rounded, floral bouquet with touches of violet. It should develop nicely in barrel. The palate is sweet and crisp on the entry with a fine citric thread. It is well balanced, very harmonious and pretty rather than powerful towards the finish. This is well made when it might have been overdone. Fine. Tasted April 2012.
|Score: 88/90||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012|
This is very savory with a meat and berry character. Medium body, with fine tannins. Juicy and delicious. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.
|Score: 89/90||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012|
Owned by Stephan von Neipperg of Canon la Gaffeliere and made under the supervision of Stephane Derenoncourt. This wine is produced from 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc in 45% new oak just over the border in the Côtes de Castillon and is often better than many a Saint Emilion in blind tastings. The 2011 was produced from low yields of 30hl/ha. This modern, intense and chewy dark red wine has lots of toasty oak, brioche and jam character. Good stuffing and sweetness with a firm dry finish.
| ||Farr Vintners, March 2012|
The nose is sweet fruited with lovely ripe flavours. Firmer black fruits give a tight feel in the middle the fruit supported by structured tannins with the rich ripe blackcurrant and plum fleshing out the finish.
|Score: 88/90||Derek Smedley MW, April 2012|
|Score: 90||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012|
Bright purple hue. Lifted fruit, the chalky terroir nuance enhanced by the acidity. Ripe tannins but firm finish. Drink 2016-2022.
|Score: 16||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2012|
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