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97-100 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2014
(this was the estate's first Cote de Nuits vineyard harvested in 2012, on September 22): Dark red-ruby. Ineffable complexity on the nose, including scents of pungent minerals, black raspberry, licorice, white pepper and noble herbs ("another world," commented de Villaine). Not a powerhouse but an essence of berries, with an incredibly voluptuous mouth feel enlivened by wild herbs and spices. This saline, 3-D beauty coats the palate with a texture of liquid silk. The tactile, superconcentrated, incredibly long finish leaves behind a perfume that refuses to dissipate. I just about ran out of points for this one! (I should note that de Villaine said it reminds him of the legendary 1962.)