90 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2010
($55) Saturated purple. Powerful dark berry and cherry compote scents with complicating notes of dried flowers and mocha. Lush, forward red and dark fruit flavors show no rough edges and become sweeter and livelier with air. Pretty cuddly for a Cornas, with very good finishing breadth and lingering sweetness. This is drinking well now.
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