Vinous – 93+
(the grand crus were bottled about five weeks before my visit): Pale, bright green-yellow. Precise, high-pitched aromas of lime, white flowers and crushed stone. Then juicy and supple on the palate, with enticing sweetness to its pure, sharply delineated flavors of lime and orange. Impeccably balanced Bienvenue with nothing fat or warm about it. Really sparkles on the powerful, mounting finish.
JancisRobinson.com – 17.5
Shy nose. Not obviously grand cru quality. A tad more concentration but still very obvious acidity and a dry finish. Quite taut for the moment. Restrained.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
Burghound – 92-94
Very fresh aromas of honeysuckle, oak nuances and mandarin orange possess really lovely purity and complexity. The sleekly muscled and palate coating flavors possess good size and weight as well as an excellent sense of focus and precision on the delicious, long and stylish finish. A lovely Bienvenues that offers both length and depth as well as the same silkiness as the Combettes. This should drink well young but also reward 10 to 12 years of cellar time.