2011 Daniel Bouland Chiroubles
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Bittersweet wild and choke cherry are incisively accented by raw ginger and white pepper in Bouland’s 2011 Chiroubles, whose silken, caressing texture and mid-palate expansiveness reflect its generous ripeness and relatively low acids, but whose long finish nonetheless projects a delightful sense of juicy refreshment and invigoration. Open and utterly unmysterious, this should delight through at least 2015. (Candied and high-toned distillate-like expressions of raspberry and cherry are especially prominent in the 2009 today, which has admirably retained its sense of brightness even though one feels faint alcoholic warmth.)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Brilliant ruby. Dark berries, smoky minerals and dried flowers on the pungent nose. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet blackberry and boysenberry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Finishes energetic and fruity, with impressive clarity and mineral-driven persistence.
Fresh and floral, with pretty raspberry, spice and wild strawberry fruit. Well-balanced. Drink now. (Web-2013)