This is an old-style, classic St Julien built to last, with masses of structure and potential. The 65% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend accounts for its firm, curranty aroma as well as the crisp, fresh acidity on the palate. There is a real sense of density to the core of the wine, a lovely persistence on the finish and considerable class overall.
Black jammy fruits abound on the nose, with some sweetness and intensity. Lovely, intense black berries coat the palate with lots of focus and intensity. A very generous yet very well-balanced wine and a very long finish.
94 Wine Enthusiast
This is a solid effort that showcases both great blackberry fruit and sweet tannins right at the forefront. There is also fine acidity and a layer of wood that gives a dry, firm, age-worthy aftertaste. Barrel sample:93–95
Textbook ‘cedary’ St-Julien backed up by full plummy fruit. A very well-made, enjoyable wine. The Martin family, owners since 1982, have made major investment in quality here, which has paid off. Drinking Window: 2022 - 2032
91 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A soft, somewhat fleshy and opulent style of St.-Julien, this 2012 has a deep ruby/purple color, good minerality, moderate tannin, and a full but more precocious and accessible style than its neighbors such as Leoville Poyferre and Beychevelle. This is more along the lines of the juicy, succulent Talbot, but certainly has aging potential. Two to four years of bottle age is recommended and then consumption over the following two decades.
90/91 James Suckling
This shows a very pretty fruit with blueberries and cherries. Medium-to-full body with integrated tannins and a long finish. Good core of fruit here, with serious length for the vintage.
94pts. This is an old-style, classic St Julien built to last, with masses of structure and potential..
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