The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit laced with cedar, dried blood and meat juices, nicely structured and dense with plenty of freshness towards the slightly animally finish. Fascinating. (Neil Martin, Feb 2018)
Merlot 78%, Cabernet Franc 22%
This great terroir on the Cote Pavie has long been recognized as one of the most privileged spots in St.Emilion, but it was not until the wunderkind duo of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt took over in 2002 that the wine finally began to live up to its potential. The 2005 scored 100 points from Robert Parker, and sustained brilliance saw it re-classified in 2012, becoming 1 of only 14 Estates to be included in the St.Emillion Grand Cru Classé 'B' (only 4 Estates are included in the 'A' classification: Angélus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Pavie).