Packed with dark chocolate, graphite and black currants, this intense and layered wine should age well for a long time, letting the firm tannins resolve and more tertiary flavors develop. Full bodied and grippy in mouthfeel, it is also broad and ripe-tasting, finishing with black fruits and mint. Best from 2028– 2040. Cellar Selection.
A deep well of dark-fruit flavors grounds this big but well-balanced wine as it laces fine-grained tannins between gorgeous black cherries, black currants and hints of mint and cedar. Smooth on the palate but firm enough to age, this beauty should drink best from 2026.
John Legend has another hit with this wine produced in collaboration with the Boisset Collection. Fresh, focused black-fruit flavors are deep and concentrated, emphasizing the purity of fruit while adding subtle toasted oak, nutmeg and ginger notes. Blueberries, black cherries and black currants bring a lipsmacking midpalate and lead to a lingering finish.Best 2026–2036. Editors’ Choice
Bone-dry and bracing, this wafts summer apple orchard scents alongside lemon oil and toast, with a saline back note. Vivacious bubbles and citrusy acidity add exceptional freshness, which works in harmony with the textural richness. Editors' Choice,
The 2020 Charlemagne Grand Cru has a well-defined and quite focused bouquet with admirable mineralité and tension. The palate is taut and fresh, impressive in terms of depth, quite focused and poised with a touch of sea salt towards the finish. Lots of energy here - this is one of Vougeraie’s best whites.
The 2020 Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru contains 100% whole bunch this year. I appreciate the aromatics here - well-defined, fragrant and quite floral, there offers fine mineralité and tension. The palate is mediumbodied with supple tannins, very harmonious with a bead of acidity that lends finesse and elegant towads the finish. This is clever winemaking and a successful Corton. Excellent.
The 2015 Surrealist is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. It delivers maturing, tertiary notes of unsmoked cigars, incense, fragrant soil, and crushed rocks over a core of blackcurrant pastilles, black cherry preserves, and preserved plums, plus a touch of dried mint. The full-bodied palate is firm, grainy, and lively, with muscular fruit leading to a lingering ferrous note on the finish of this wonderfully sophisticated wine.
The 2015 Leopard is composed of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, and 11% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet colored, it needs a little swirling to reveal notes of charcuterie, tapenade, and black pepper with a core of blackcurrant cordial, prunes, blueberry compote, and menthol, plus a hint of tobacco leaf. The full-bodied palate is rich, firm, and grainy with a lively backbone, finishing long and energetic.
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.
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon No 1 is deep garnet in color. It prances out of the glass with flamboyant scents of redcurrant jelly, warm cassis, and black cherry compote with hints of dried roses, cigar box, and sandalwood plus a waft of bay leaves. The full-bodied palate is firm and grainy with just enough freshness and loads of evolving fragrant layers, finishing long and earthy.