Antonio Galloni: Vintage 2012, 94/100
The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker: Vintage 2012, 90/100
Category: Red, full-bodied.
Appellation: AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru (Bordeaux, right bank)
Grapes: Cabernet Franc (80%) Merlot (20%)
Farming: Organic (certified) which is rare and difficult in Bordeaux
About the wine: Concentrated and complex unicorn Cabernet blend. From one of the very rare organic certified 2.3 hectares Saint Emilion Grand Cru vineyard. Vines are pretty old (70 years old average) giving low yields. The humble Catherine Papon-Nouvel is not making lots of noise but she is probably crafting one of the best Bordeaux wine out there. Bucket list wine that could remind you the taste of neighboring Chateau Ausone.
Taste like: Quite a complex wine, with notes of herbs, plum, forest scents and crushed violets. Flavourful with a good texture it shows notes of mulberries and whispers of graphite. A very precise and driven wine.
When to drink: Drink now in the next 10 to 15 years after vintage.
Service: 15-16 degrees C. Decant for 30 min to 1 hour.
Food match: Matched with a braised steak, a stew or hard cheese.