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JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset Reviews

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: 95 | October 27, 2022 | The Wine Independent

Deep garnet in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon No 10 bursts with notes of baked blackcurrants and stewed plums with hints of sauteed herbs, pencil lead, and crushed rocks. The full-bodied palate is rich and powerful, coating the whole mouth with firm, rugged tannins, finishing long and earthy.

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

The 2019 Leopard is a blend of 56% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc. It needs vigorous shaking to bring out alluring notes of violets, dark chocolate, star anise, and garrigue over baked blueberries and preserved plums with a waft of black pepper. The full-bodied palate delivers lovely freshness and loads of palate treats - spices, pepper, meaty nuances - framed by ripe, rounded tannins, finishing with great length.

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: 97 | October 27, 2022 | The Wine Independent

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Enrapture has 6% Cabernet Franc in the blend. Deep purple-black in color, it charges out with powerful scents of creme de cassis, blackberry pie, and plum preserves, plus suggestions of clove oil, licorice, and camphor. Full-bodied, concentrated, rich, and explosive in the mouth, it has a firm yet velvety texture with just enough freshness and a long, opulent finish.

Score: 91 | October 7, 2022 | James Suckling

Seductively fruity, with plenty of ripe cherries, raspberry coulis and some cinnamon stick. Evolves to mushrooms and pink beetroot. It’s juicy and plush, with present tannins and medium to full body. Good weight. Drink now.

Score: 91 | July 31, 2022 |

Elegant, succulent and creamy, with apricot and Meyer lemon flavors that show plenty of nutmeg-laced spice details, backed by a lingering note of toasted sesame seed. Drink now. 250 cases made. 

Score: 93 | June 1, 2022 |

Aromas of porcini, bark, blackcurrant and blackberry. Full-bodied with powdery tannins. The palate is grounded by a solid core of black fruit, accented by dried herbs and flowers. Delicious. This will age well. Best after 2024.