Not yet bottled, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB #10 shows the quality of the vintage and is a magical wine in the making. As with the 2017, it’s a blend of three different vineyards (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) and is resting in 55% new French oak. It has remarkable purity and freshness as well as full-bodied richness, ripe, sweet tannins, and classic blue fruits, tobacco, and earthy, sappy herb-like aromatics. The vintage can at times lack some mid-palate depth, but this is concentrated, balanced, and just a stunning looking barrel sample.
JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset Reviews
A barrel sample of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon expected to age in 55% new French oak, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon No. 10 is deep garnet-purple in color and bursts from the glass with crème de cassis, blueberry pie, black raspberry, roses, wild thyme and black soil with nuances of fallen leaves and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is elegantly crafted with a fine-grained texture and bags of crunchy black and blue fruit, finishing with impressive length and vibrancy.
Jean-Charles Boisset’s team blends this wine from cinsault, grenache and syrah sourced from vineyards near Montagne St-Victoire. It’s a smooth rosé, with a corn-silk texture and sleek flavors to match. The notes of sage and aloe conjure up a warm, sunny feeling without conferring excess weight.