90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2014
Good medium red. Aromas of redcurrant, licorice, leather and sweet oak are lifted by a floral element. Juicy and intense, with penetrating acidity framing the dark berry and spice flavors. Less dense than the 2012 version, with the dusty tannins less covered by fruit. But this tight, very fresh wine finishes with terrific floral lift. Needs several years in bottle for its fruit and tannins to harmonize.
About the Cote de Beaune
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