27.5 hl/ha. Average age of vines: 50 years. Total production: 1516 cases. In 2014, a certain rosy tawniness on the nose. Very alluring and open. A super round earthiness on the palate. The tannins and fruit are so well married and in harmony with each other.
40 hl/hectare made this year. A wonderful exuberance right from the beginning. So complete, opulent and with classic structure. The skins were as thick as in 1975 (remember that impressive wine), but here mixed with the beauty of 1990. Velvety violets on the palate with a finish of liquorice. Pretty stunning.
Serena Sutcliffe, MW
Le Pin 2011
100% Merlot. A very scented nose reminding me of a black cherry liqueur. Very expressive, very open at this stage. One could really fall in love with this. Serena Sutcliffe, MW
Harvest from 14 September to 28 September and a generous 42hl/hectare produced. They recorded 14.9% in the Merlot from clay this year. 50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot. In 2021, this has great freshness and charm on the nose, surprisingly young - although this is a feature of the best 2000s. On the palate, plummy fruitiness and finesse of texture make it so drinkable now, while waiting for the cherries and leather to develop further.
55% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot. In 2015, OMG! Freshness, eucalyptus and huge Cheval Blanc personality on the nose, plus red cherries and flowers. So smooth and silky, with everything in balance. This is pure joy - stunning wine. It has always had this extraordinary coherence and total harmony. You must have this!
Surprisingly supple for this vintage, while this cuvee is not usually that flamboyant or exuberant in its youth, the 2010 is sensual and performing remarkably well. Its deep purple color is accompanied by notions of charcoal, graphite, camphor, creme de cassis, barbecue smoke and blackberries. As usual, this complex effort reminds me of a hypothetical blend of a great Pauillac and Graves.Rich, full-bodied and softer than I would have expected in this vintage, it is a prodigious, multidimensional, compelling wine. It requires 3-5 years of bottle age and should drink well over the following 30+ years.
This is the first Salon vintage of the 21st century and indubitably a great year. It did not go through malolactic fermentation. In 2014, a nose of great finesse, with superb aromas of apricots and white peaches. Divine. So silky and integrated. The pinnacle of refinement, elegance and breed, with magical length.