2015 Pascal Berthier "Esprit de Séduction" Saint-Amour
Bright magenta. Intense dark berry, floral pastille and peppery spice aromas, along with a hint of licorice. Appealingly sweet and penetrating, offering blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a suggestion of spicecake. Dusty tannins shape a long, nervy finish, which lingers with very good persistence and repeating spiciness.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Esprit de Seduction Saint Amour has plenty of ripe dark cherry and raspberry fruit on the nose, though it needed a few swirls of the glass to address some reduction. The palate is ripe and sweet on the entry, small red cherries, crushed strawberry and a touch of dried orange peel, with good substance on a "solid" finish. Drink this gutsy Saint-Amour over the next 4-5 years. (NM)
90pts View from the Cellar: The 2015 Saint-Amour “Esprit de Séduction” from Pascal Berthier is produced from a plot of vines in the superb Clos des Billards vineyard, made famous by Domaine des Billards. Monsieur Berthier’s parcel is fifty years of age and the wine is raised in cement tanks. The bouquet on the 2015 is ripe and quite black fruity for young Saint-Amour, offering up scents of black cherries, cassis, espresso, a fine base of soil and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite powerful for Saint-amour, with a fine core, very good balance and grip, moderate tannins and a long, primary and black fruity finish. This is a good bottle, but like so many of the 2015 Crus, it will be better with a bit of time in the cellar. 2017-2030. 90+.-Issue 64