JancisRobinson.com – 17.5
Dark crimson. Perfumed but still quite severe in terms of tannin. Tough finish and then lovely freshness. Edgy at present but with an inner glow that is particularly promising. Very long.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040
Vinous – 90+
(these wines were bottled in April and May of 2013): Good bright red. Very ripe aromas of cherry, raspberry, mocha, pepper and earth; at once slightly roasted and herbal. Then sweet and fresh in the mouth, with red berry and herb flavors turning a tad green on the back end, which features substantial dusty tannins. Can’t quite match the 2012 version for energy. Regisseur Francois Duvivier notes that the 2011s should really be opened a day in advance.
Burghound – 92-94
(Sweet spot Outstanding) Aromatically speaking this is almost a hypothetical blend of the Frémiets and Caillerets with its perfumed and moderately high-toned red currant nose that unveils notes of spice, stone and violets. The strikingly pure, delineated and energetic middle weight flavors display outstanding precision on the almost pungently mineral-driven, balanced and hugely long finish. This is a classic Taillepieds and while there is some of the hallmark austerity present, it is somewhat less than I’m used to seeing in this wine. A knockout but note that patience will be required.