2015 Marquis d'Alesme, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
The 2015 Marquis d'Alesme Becker is one of the best wines I have tasted from this resurgent estate in the heart of Margaux. Ample and inviting, the 2015 possesses superb richness throughout. There is plenty of tannin and underlying structure, but those elements are nicely balanced by the sheer luxuriousness of the fruit. Readers should expect a decidedly intense style. Everything falls into place effortlessly in this superb Marquis d'Alesme Becker from the Perrodo family and consulting winemaker Michel Rolland. (AG)
A polished and balanced Marquis with blackberry, black currant and tar aromas and flavors. Full body, bright finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Marquis d'Alesme Becker is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc that was cropped at 35 hl/ha between 28 September and 15 October. Matured in 65% new oak, it has a precocious bouquet with opulent violet-tinged cassis fruit that needs to find a little more delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, plenty of depth with a crisp line of acidity, with impressive density on the finish... (NM)
*Barrel Tasting* Dark and winey, with ample blueberry and kirsch fruit giving this a frankly modern feel. Shows excellent energy throughout, revealing a licorice snap edge on the finish and admirable depth and length. This will have a lot of fans when bottled. (Web Only—2016)
Very good expression of elegant floral fruit and real class from Cabernet Sauvignon. This estate continues the good form it reached in 2014.
*Barrel Sample* Light and fruity in character, this is a crisp wine that is likely to develop quickly. It has plenty of black currant character, but lacks a firmer structure to support the fruit. (RV)
Dark purplish crimson. Headily floral on the nose. Quite lifted with notes that remind me of wasabi! A very interesting wine that is more transparent than most. (17/20 points)