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N°1 Cabernet Sauvignon Reviews

Score: 93 | February 14, 2020 |

A chewy and rich red with intense aromas and flavors of blueberries, blackberries and violets. Lots of wood, too. Full body. Flavorful finish. High energy. Slightly old-school. Fruit-forward. 

Score: 94-96 | October 31, 2019 | Wine Advocate

A barrel sample of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon expected to age in 60% new French oak, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon No. 1 is deep garnet-purple in color and comes bounding out of the glass with bold, expressive blackberries, cassis, warm plums and tobacco leave notes with wafts of black olives, underbrush and rose hip tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has loads of fresh black and red fruits with fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with loads of earthy sparks. 

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: 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: 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: 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.