93-96 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2014
(just half of a normal crop in 2012; one of the three and a half barrels is new): Good dark red. Lovely lift to the ripe aromas and flavors of boysenberry, violet and underbrush. Sweet, ripe and dense but without any impression of weight; the texture of liquid velvet suggests a gentle extraction. Big, broad and long, with almost invisible tannins arriving late. Even with the annual replacement of failing old vines, the average vine age here is more than 80 years, notes Bachelet.
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