Robert Parker 92
Le Carre is from the JCP Maltus portfolio of skillfully crafted Saint-Ã‰milion wines. Neil White is the head winemaker, and Thomas Duclos is a consultant here. The 2018 Le Carre is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Francâ€”this vineyard land was purchased from Canon around 2000 and touches Clos Fourtet. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notes of stewed black plums, boysenberries and black raspberries, with hints of bay leaves, Indian spices and fertile loam. The medium to full-bodied palate is jam-packed with juicy black fruits, supported by soft tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and earthy.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2038
The 2018 Le Carré offers palate staining intensity and tons of opulence. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, cloves and scorched earth power through as this large-scaled Saint-Émilion takes over all the senses and demands attention. A shy wine it is not.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2033