Vinous (Josh Raynolds) 94-96 points! Youthful purple. Highly expressive, mineral-accented aromas of fresh black raspberry, cherry and exotic spices; a sexy floral note builds in the glass. Juicy and sharply focused, offering palate-staining red and blue fruit liqueur and spicecake flavors and a deeper licorice nuance. The floral quality comes back emphatically on the clinging finish, which is shaped by silky, harmonious tannins.
Decanter (Matt Walls) 95 points! Fresh and slatey from the Bessards side, but with ripe blackberries and deep fruits from Le Méal. Medium to full-bodied, thicker than his straight Bessards, with more abundant ripe tannin. It's dense for Faurie, but still a lighter, more elegant style of Hermitage compared to other producers. It finishes dry, firm and mineral. Perfectly balanced. (Drink between 2020-2030)