2015 Olivier Rouge, Pessac Leognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1342365 93 points Decanter

 One of the more austere wines at this early stage, dominated by the Cabernet which gives layers of rich, well-held-in cassis and slate flavours. It has good lift and grip through the palate, the new gravelly plot once again showing its potential and its effect on the structure and character of Olivier. A very good wine with plenty of ageing ability. (JA)  (3/2018)

93 points James Suckling

 Love the aromas of currants and black cherries with blackberries and sandalwood. Full body, round and soft tannins and a savory finish. Shows brightness of fruit and intensity. Attractive balance. Drink in 2021.  (2/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine has great fruit, rich tannins and attractive acidity. Round and with ripe spicy flavors, the wine already has good balance. Its acidity and crisp final fruitiness suggest a wine that will mature easily and gently. (RV)  (4/2018)

92 points Vinous

 Readers should not overlook the 2015 Olivier. Rich and voluptuous, it offers lovely immediacy in a soft, supple style that is sure to find many admirers. A rush of succulent black cherry, chocolate, mocha, licorice and spice infuse this supple, creamy Pessac Léognan. All the elements fall into place in a racy, effortless wine that will drink well right out of the gate. The blend is 56.4% Merlot, 40.8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2.8% Petit Verdot. (AG)  (2/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Olivier is a little reticent at this youthful stage, offering exciting glimpses at fragrant earth, black raspberries, black cherries and red currant scents with suggestions of mossy bark, bay leaves and tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with mineral and earth-laced red and black fruits with firm, grainy tannins and a lovely herbal lift on the finish. (LPB)  (2/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Solidly ripe, showing a nice flow to the cassis and plum fruit flavors, carried by graphite and tar accents. A singed alder hint melds through the finish, with a tobacco note lurking down the road. Delivers purity and charm. Best from 2020 through 2030. (JM)  (3/2018)

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.