A dense blue/ruby/purple color is followed by notes of raspberries, incense and spring flowers, supple tannins, medium body and excellent elegance as well as purity. The result is a suave, savory 2011. While it does not possess the size or richness of vintages such as 2009 and 2010, the 2011 has plenty of charm and appeal. Drink it over the next decade.
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), May 2014|
A top-notch effort from this estate, the 2011 exhibits an exotic perfume of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, raspberry jam and red as well as black currants. Loads of fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and velvety tannin suggest this beauty will drink well for 15+ years. It is one of the stars of the appellation in this vintage. Bravo!
|Score: 91/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012|
The 2011 is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 14th and 29th September at just 37hl/ha. It has a straightforward bouquet of light fresh red berry fruit laced with orange rind and graphite, focused but not powerful. After five minutes there is a brine or fish scale note. The palate has a chalky entry with crisp acidity, just a little hardness in the mouth but the finish is softer. There are notes of blackberry, pain grille and graphite with a dry, crisp finish. Fine. Tasted April 2012.
|Score: 88/90||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012|
This is tight and structured, with blueberry and mineral character. Full and firm with excellent tannins for the vintage. Needs at least four years to soften but shows potential: try in 2018.
|Score: 92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014|
A very pretty red with flowers, blackberries, and blueberries. Full and silky with racy tannins and a long finish. Some hints of cocoa and pleasant bitterness. Well structured.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012|
A classic Saint Julien Chateau that in recent vintages has pushed the quality level up considerably under owner Patrick Maroteaux and winemaker Jean-Dominique Videau. It produces wines of real St Julien class and structure. Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. An impressively dark black colour. This is really big for the vintage with real depth of black fruit. Impressive concentration of crunchy fruit with good spice and lots of texture. Good balancing structure and silky tannins. Really rather impressive.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, March 2012|
One of the more concentrated St Juliens of the vintage: thick, dense and pretty serious. The wine teeters on the edge of over-extraction, but there's enough violet-scented fruit and concentration to soak up the tannins. 10+ years.
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012|
Very good depth of Cabernet-cassis fruit, good middle sweetness and firm natural tannins. Will show very well. Drink 2015-2028.
|Score: 16.5||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2012|