Robert Parker 95
The 2014 Proprietary Red Les Pavots (3,570 cases) is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot aged in mostly Taransaud barrels with a small helping of Darnajou thrown in. This wine is fabulous in the vintage, although certainly less profoundly concentrated and extracted, as well as structured, compared to the 2013, which was off-the-charts fabulous. This is a brilliant wine, charming, with front-end loaded plum, blackcurrant and black raspberry fruit interwoven with graphite, tar and truffle notes. The wine has sumptuous texture, sweet, velvety tannin, and a long, full-bodied finish. It should drink well for at least two decades.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036
800-1400 ft (244-427 m). Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are planted higher. Merlot at the bottom. 64 acres (26 ha) of vineyard in total. About 3,000 cases made. Very rocky, very white and some volcanic ash. Faces south in a bowl. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22%% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Relatively low Cabernet Sauvignon this year. Wild yeast, no acid adjustment. Deep crimson. Complex nose with some tobacco notes. Quite rich and beefy. Lots of potential. A little bit of heat. Bigger than the 2014.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035