“Smart Buy” pick, 90 points, Wine Spectator: “Dense but fresh, with a saturated core of blackberry pâte de fruit, anise and plum sauce that races along with vibrant spice and graphite notes. The long finish shows cut and drive, with enough grip to cellar short term. Best from 2014 through 2019.” (March 2013)
“Sleeper of the Vintage,” 88-92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (reviewed by Robert Parker):
“This large estate, located not far from the classified-growth chateaux of Cantemerle and Giscours, has produced a blend of 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot…. It is well-made, medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Surprisingly, even here the alcohols hit 14% naturally. This wine should drink nicely for 5-7 years.” 88 points (February 2013)
“A major sleeper of the vintage…. produced under the guidance of well-known consultant, Claude Gros. An opaque ruby/purple color is followed by sweet black raspberry, black cherry and black currant fruit notes intermixed with notions of licorice and graphite. Medium to full-bodied and supple textured, this sexy Bordeaux should be consumed over the next 5-8 years.” 89-92 points (May 2011).