A sleeper of the vintage, regardless of vintage conditions, this St.-Emilion owned by Alain Vauthier (also the proprietor of Ausone) offers a dense ruby/purple color as well as sweet notes of incense, spring flowers, blueberries, black currants, and crushed rocks/minerals. The 2006 is deep and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin, and a layered mouthfeel. It should last for 10-15 years. Robert Parker 90
Bright red-ruby. Vibrant nose offers blackberry, licorice, mint and minerals. Juicy, penetrating dark berry and crushed rock flavors lifted by violet. Pure and sweet, with firm acids and calcaire energy contributing grip and clarity. The tannins are firm but not hard. An excellent, ageworthy vintage for this Alain Vauthier property, which faces his Chateau Ausone.
-- Stephen Tanzer