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N°1 Cabernet Sauvignon Reviews

Score: 97 | January 31, 2019 |

One of the gems in the lineup is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon #1, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in plenty of new oak, although you wouldn’t know that by tasting it. Possessing a medium to full-bodied, incredibly elegant style as well as complex notes of cassis, black raspberries, fruitcake, and spice, it’s one of those wines that grows on you with time in the glass. It’s going to keep for 25+ years, but don’t let that stop you from opening bottles in its youth as it’s already an incredible drink.

Score: 95-97+ | January 31, 2019 |

Tasted out of barrel, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon #1 certainly isn’t far off the 2016 and has a similar level of elegance and purity. Giving up lots of darker fruits, graphite, and charcoal, it has a stacked mid-palate and a great finish, and like the 2016, I suspect it will drink nicely right out of the gate.

Score: 96 | October 29, 2018 | Wine Advocate

100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 20 months in 68% new French oak, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon No. 1 is scented of cassis, black berries and black cherries with notions of yeast extract, tapenade, menthol, espresso and earth. The palate is full-bodied, firm, lively and refreshing with fine-grained tannins and earthy notions, finishing long. 213 cases produced.

Score: 92 | March 27, 2018 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The 2015 No. 1 is dark, plush and inviting. Succulent dark cherry, plum, mocha and sweet spice all flesh out in this racy, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon from Jean-Charles Boisset.

Score: 96+ | December 29, 2017 | Wine Advocate

Made up of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and sporting a very deep garnet-purple color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon No. 1 gives up a very fragrant nose of red and black currants with violets, dried herbs, spices and a slightly meaty note. Medium to full-bodied, firm, fresh and lively, it's refined and mineral-tinged, offering great intensity, vibrancy and a long finish. Only 188 cases were made.

Score: (96-98)+ | December 29, 2017 | Wine Advocate

A barrel sample of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon No. 1 is a very deep garnet-purple color with a nose of cassis, baking spices, dark chocolate, black pepper and Chinese five spice. The medium to full-bodied palate is very firm, very fresh, lively, vibrant and concentrated with fine-grained tannins with a beautifully perfumed, minerally finish. 150 cases produced.

Score: 96 | December 29, 2017 |

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB #1 is made with the idea to highlight elegance over sheer power and it does so beautifully in 2015. Classic notes of crème de cassis, spice, toasted oak, and licorice all flow to a full-bodied, elegant, seamless red. While the idea is elegance, that doesn’t mean it lacks depth or concentration, and this beauty has the tannin, structure, and balance to keep for two decades.

Score: 95-97 | December 29, 2017 |

Tasted out of barrel, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB #1 is a smoking effort that’s up with the crème de la crème in the vintage. Loaded with notions of blue fruits, flowers, violets, licorice, and earth, this beauty hits the palate with gorgeous purity of fruit, full-bodied richness, and fine, fine tannin. With a seamless texture, it’s going to drink nicely in its youth, yet also age gracefully.

Score: 90 | November 1, 2016 | Wine Spectator

Presenting an authoritative message, this is a dense, muscular, extracted Cabernet loaded with dark berry, graphite, crushed rock and tobacco notes, cloaked in chewy, detailed tannins and ending with a long, full finish. 

Score: 91 | October 31, 2013 | Wine Spectator

Generous, featuring ripe and fleshy plum, black cherry, wild berry, raspberry and anise notes, with an array of flavors framed and supported by firm, ripe tannins. Well-proportioned, clean and vibrant, delivering a long, saturated finish. Drink now through 2024. 

Score: 95 | December 29, 2015 | Wine Advocate

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB No 1 is absolutely magnificent – a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from clone 4 aged 19 months in 50% new French oak. Unfortunately, only 130 cases were made, but it’s a stunner from Boisset. Opaque purple, with notes of licorice, graphite, roasted espresso and chocolate, the wine shows terrific intensity, great fruit and a full-bodied, multidimensional mouthfeel. Drink it over the next 15 or more years.

Score: 96 | October 26, 2016 | The Wine Advocate

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB No. 1, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon bottled unfined and unfiltered after spending 19 months in 65% new French oak, has an opaque purple color, a glorious nose of graphite, blackberry, licorice, incense, Asian spice and white chocolate. The wine has great fruit on the attack, an opulent, full-bodied, multi-tiered mouthfeel and a layered, pure finish of a good 45+ seconds. It is a brilliant wine and will drink well for up to 20 or more years.

Score: Double Gold | January 28, 2016 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 93 | December 1, 2015 | Wine Enthusiast

This hedonistically powerful mix of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot traffics in blackberry and black cherry jam over a layer of soft tannins. Coffee, toffee and subtle Asian and cinnamon spice keep the proceedings lively, for this is a seriously ripe and playful wine. Cellar through 2020. — V.B. 

Score: 92 | November 15, 2015 | Wine Spectator

A stylish offering, sleek and elegant, with tiers of spicy dark berry, currant, chocolate brownie, cedar and graphite, it gains richness and dimension before firming nicely on the finish, where the tannins take hold and turn chalky.  –JL

Score: 94 | November 1, 2014 | Wine Advocate

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB No. 1 is composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Oakville Ranch and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. Sadly, there are only 101 cases of this fabulous wine. Aromas of lead pencil shavings, chocolate-infused expresso, crème de cassis and blackberries along with some barrique smells emerge from this full-bodied, dramatic, flamboyant 2012. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

Score: 95 | October 1, 2013 | Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB No. 1 that includes the words “voluptuous, opulent, incorrigible” on the back label. It possesses more sweet black cherry and mulberry fruit reminiscent of a Merlot from Pomerol. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple, and the wine is round, generous, voluptuous, beautifully textured and long. Drink this seductive Cabernet over the next 10-15 years.
Score: 92 | August 1, 2013 | Wine Enthusiast
This is dazzlingly rich and delicious. It swamps the mouth with ripe blackberry and cherry jam, cassis liqueur, chocolate and sweet new oak flavors, wrapped into fine tannins, and brightened with just-in-time acidity. High alcohol creates some heat, and it’s not an ager, so drink now–2015.
Score: 90 | April 30, 2012 | Wine Spectator
A stylish statement, reliant on equal parts dense, mocha-laced flavors of currant and dark berry, joined by creamy, vanilla bean-tinged oak. Extracted, dense and concentrated, this maintains its chewiness through the finish, where it takes on a more rustic presence. The inaugural Jean-Charles Boisset Cabernet. Best from 2013 through 2023. 50 cases made.
Score: 97 | February 1, 2012 | Wine Enthusiast
An outstanding wine, the best California Cabernet Jean-Charles Boisset has ever produced from any of his properties. It stands out in any tasting of its peers. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and aged in 60% new oak, it shows satisfying, complex flavors of blackberries, blueberries, cassis, hazelnut-infused chocolate and spices. Hard to exaggerate its power and grace. Wonderful now and good for six years, but it's difficult to predict its evolution beyond 2018. -S.H.