2013 Bourgneuf, Pomerol
The 2013 Bourgneuf is rich, generous and inviting, especially within the context of the vintage. Dark cherry, plum, spice, vanillin and French oak notes blossom in a resonant, expressive wine endowed with lovely depth. The 2013 isn't especially complex, but it is quite open and expressive, not to mention incredibly delicious. I expect the 2013 will be a great wine to drink in its youth. Today the oak is a bit prominent, but hopefully that won't be an issue by the time the wine arrives in the market. This is a terrific showing. (AG)
*Barrel Sample* Showing forward new-wood characteristics, this is a spicy wine, with a core of ripe and jammy fruit. Attractive, not powerful, it offers acidity, some concentration and a juicy aftertaste. (RV)
Plenty of new oak scent on the nose here, good fruit ripeness too. Firm tannins, but they are well integrated with the acid and fruit concentration. Pure enjoyment -- very luscious, quite modern and sleek. 17+/20 points. Drink 2017 to 2027 (RH)
A wine with hints of nuts, berry and milk-chocolate character. Medium body with firm tannins and a delicate fruit and tannin finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark ruby-red. Cassis and violets are complicated by sweet aromatic spices on the sexy nose. Then suave and relatively dense on the palate, with red and black fruit flavors showing sneaky concentration. Finishes with a minty floral edge and rising tannins that avoid dryness. Even though this is lighter than usual, the estate's signature exotic nose is noticeable even in a weak year like 2013. (ID)
Juicy and almost ebullient, with blueberry and raspberry compote flavors easily taking the lead, backed by anise and red licorice notes that lend some range. (JM)