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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2013
(aged in 40% oak): Good bright, pale yellow. Reticent but complex aromas of pineapple, clove and nutmeg are lifted by a lavender topnote. Juicy and supple, with nicely integrated acidity giving shape and lift to the nectarine, oily lemon zest and brown spice flavors. Finishes with a touch of oaky dryness but plenty of reserve. Billaud no longer uses new oak for this cuvee, and here he has achieved a very good result. In fact, this wine is distinctly juicier than the normale, which was made entirely in stainless steel tank.