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JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset Reviews

Score: 91 | December 20, 2023 | James Suckling

A full-bodied red with dark berries, dark plums, herbs, cedar and baking spices. Firm tannins with a serious character. Blackberries and dark cherries towards the chewy finish. Try after 2025.

Score: 92 | December 20, 2023 | James Suckling

Blackcurrants, violets, cassis blossoms, bay leaves and baking spices. Full-bodied with firm tannins. Juicy core of blue fruit with spices and herbs mixing together nicely. Intense and focused with a transparent, lively finish. Try after 2025.

Score: 92 | December 20, 2023 |

A dark and serious red with blackberries, dark plums, cedar, bay leaves, grilled herbs and stones with some spice box, too. Full body with chewy tannins. Intense and muscular with a solid frame and a focused, lively finish with juicy blackberries and more herbs. Try after 2025.

Score: 93 | December 20, 2023 | James Suckling

Aromas of wild currants, dark plums, dried herbs and sweet spices on the nose follow through to a full body with fine, firm tannins. Fleshy and muscular with ample dimension to it. Well-balanced yet intense with a vibrant finish. Try after 2025.

Score: 94 | December 20, 2023 | James Suckling

An aromatic and refined nose of dark berries, dark plums, dried herbs, bay leaves and some mild spices. Full body with plush tannins. Creamy dark berries at the center with hints of chocolate mingling with the spices and herbs. Layered and well-structured with a focused, long finish. Try after 2025.

Score: Gold | October 15, 2023 | San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition
Score: GOLD Medal | September 14, 2023 | The Fifty Best Sparkling Wine

Aroma: Strawberry, raspberry, red berries, plum, green apple, melon, tangy lime, rose, rose petal, rose flower, floral, minerality, nice bubbles.
Palate: Strawberry, strawberry jam, raspberry, red plum, pear, Golden apple, lemon, squeeze of lemon, elderflower, mineral, crushed granite, clean throughout, tart, tangy, birthday party sweetness, very approachable.
Finish: Strawberry, red berries, tart cherry, newly mowed field, crisp, fresh, a porch sipper, nice, soft, elegant.

Score: 93 | February 1, 2023 | Wine & Spirits

Jean-Charles Boisset uses his JCB label as an emotional outlet, working with his team to present lots that trigger a response—like 22, which he selects for “intensity and charm.” In fact, No. 22 pushes more buttons than most. We’ve tasted seven vintages of the wine, and five have earned exceptional ratings. This is one of the best: tight and complex, with notes of tarragon and smoke at the edges and clean fruit at its core. It’s a gentle, elegant, savory pinot, expanding from herbal and crunchy hints of rose-hip greenness to fragrant, fresh cherry flavors that last. 

Score: 92 | October 31, 2022 | Wine Spectator

This sports a toasty edge, but there's a good gush of warmed cassis and steeped plum behind that, while the finish offers a lush, flattering feel as it picks up licorice and fruitcake hints. Drink now through 2032. 1,580 cases made.

Score: 91 | October 31, 2022 | Wine Spectator

This throws a gush of warmed cassis and creamed plum notes out front, with polished structure and toast along the edges that then blossoms through the finish. A late tug of loamy earth keeps this just honest enough. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2030. 177 cases made.

Score: 97 | October 27, 2022 | The Wine Independent

The 2015 Cabernet Franc No 17 is a blend with Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet colored, it pops with a fantastically perfumed nose of kirsch, rose oil, black raspberries, and wild blueberries, followed by hints of fallen leaves and lavender. The medium to full-bodied palate is soft, graceful, and elegant, featuring beautiful freshness and very fine-grained tannins, leading to a long and perfumed finish on this gorgeous wine.

Score: 96 | October 27, 2022 | The Wine Independent

Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2019 Pinot Noir No 7 wows with a fantastic perfume of violets, pomegranate, raspberry coulis, and kirsch plus hints of crushed rocks, underbrush, and spearmint. Medium to full-bodied, it is very pure in the mouth with delicate red berry and earthy layers framed by seamless freshness and a soft, fine-grained texture, finishing long and mineral-laced.

Score: 95+ | October 27, 2022 | The Wine Independent

The 2019 Pinot Noir No 11 delivers an emerging perfume that has wonderful restraint, offering up crushed rocks, iron ore, and fertile loam over a core of redcurrants, Bing cherries, and lavender plus a waft of Provence herbs. The medium-bodied palate is delicate and refreshing with a light chewiness to the tannins and loads of savory sparks, finishing with an herbal lift.

Score: 96+ | October 27, 2022 | The Wine Independent

A blend of 63% Petite Sirah and 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2019 Knockout is very deep purple-black in color. It needs some swirling to bring out notes of boysenberry preserves, chocolate-covered cherries, and blueberry pie with hints of dark chocolate, licorice, and tar. The full-bodied palate is firm and super-rich, with nice ripe tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long, long, long.

Score: 96 | October 27, 2022 | The Wine Independent

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Zebra/Snake/Crocodile, made from 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Petite Sirah, is a Napa Valley red wine that is dressed 3 ways, available in a zebra, snake, or crocodile skin label. Deep garnet purple in color, it charges out of the glass with a vibrant melange of warm cassis, baked plums, and mulberries with touches of cedar chest, pencil shavings, and cloves. The full-bodied palate is rich and has a lively backbone to balance, firm and grainy, long and lifted.

Score: 98 | October 27, 2022 | The Wine Independent

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Phi is a blend of Cuvees No 1 and No 10 aged in the Phi, a barrel constructed in the perfect golden ratio proportions. Opaque purple-black in color, it erupts from the glass with molten licorice, Indian spices, and chocolate mint over a core of creme de cassis and blackberry preserves with a touch of cast-iron pan. The full-bodied palate is rich, firm, and incredibly harmonious, with fantastic tension and freshness, and so many layers, finishing long, long, long. Only 3 barrels of this very decadent wine were made.

Score: 96 | October 27, 2022 | The Wine Independent

Bottled in mid-June, the 2020 Pinot Noir No 6 is medium ruby-purple in color. It opens with delicate, earthy/savory notes of wild sage, truffles, tree bark, and tilled soil, with a core of Bing cherries and redcurrants. The medium to full-bodied palate is firm and fine-grained, with fantastic tension leading to a long and minerally finish on this impressive wine.

Score: 96 | October 27, 2022 | The Wine Independent

The 2020 Chardonnay No 81 comes barreling out of the glass with bold notes of apricots, green guava, passion fruit, and toasted almonds with hints of cedar, fresh ginger, and honeysuckle. Medium to full-bodied, it is rich, intense, and decadent in the mouth, with a creamy texture and long, savory finish. JC first came to the USA in 1981 and decided then that he would come back to make wine.

Score: 97 | October 27, 2022 | The Wine Independent

The 2020 Chardonnay No 33 bursts with ripe juicy pears, allspice, honey-drizzled peaches, and grapefruit oil notes, plus a suggestion of honeycomb. The medium to full-bodied palate shimmers with energy and tension, supported by a satiny texture and delivering vibrant citrus and stone fruit layers, finishing long and spicy.

Score: Gold | October 12, 2022 | San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition
Score: 90 | October 7, 2022 | James Suckling

Aromas of coffee, black cherry, red cherry and grilled meat. Full-bodied with velvety tannins. Powerful and rich. Decadent, with a dry finish. Only 900 bottles made. Drink now.

Score: 93 | October 7, 2022 | James Suckling

A gorgeous nose of violets, roses, fresh strawberries, crushed herbs and bark. Medium- to full-bodied with soft tannins. Gentle, but concentrated, with lots of depth and complexity. A fascinating blend of 2019 pinot noir from Burgundy (48%) and Sonoma Coast (52%). Drink or hold.

Score: 93+ | February 26, 2021 | The Wine Advocate

The 2018 Merlot No. 4 is made from 100% Merlot, from the east side of St. Helena on volcanic/obsidian-rich soils. It was aged in French oak, 21% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it comes bounding out of the glass with lively notes of crushed black plums, juicy blueberries and fresh blackberries with suggestions of candied violets, baking spices, cardamom and fruitcake. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers soft, rounded tannins and oodles of freshness, beautifully framing the ripe, fresh black and blue fruits, finishing long and spicy. Only 49 cases were made.

Score: 92 | December 1, 2018 | Wine Enthusiast

This is made from 80% Pinot Noir, the remainder Chardonnay, both coming from both the Napa and Sonoma sides of the appellation. Inviting in wild strawberry, it is dry and stony and exuberant in earthy mineral aspects of crushed rock and dried herb.

Score: Gold, 92 points | October 3, 2017 | Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
Score: 90 | June 1, 2012 | Wine Enthusiast
Rich and tangy, a Chardonnay that appeals for its pure varietal flavors and noble structure. It’s powerful in pineapple and orange fruit, with a sweet overlay of caramelized oak. This richness is balanced by brisk acidity and minerality.