(WS=94) Plum and black cherry flavors are shaded by licorice and oak spice in this round, supple red. There is an underlying mineral element, expanding on the palate to a long, ripe fruit- and spice-infused finish. Shows harnessed power and intensity. Best from 2024 through 2040.
(RP=93+) The 2018 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru opens in the glass with a deep bouquet of cherries, raspberries, dark chocolate, spices, and rose petals. Full-bodied, powerful, and elegantly muscular, its enveloping core of fruit is underpinned by rich structuring tannins. Built for the long haul, this remains nicely balanced despite its decidedly broad shoulders. This Cuvee derives from a parcel in Grand Maupertui and another in Les Chioures (next to Meo Camuzet's).
(AM=89-91) Strong menthol-infused aromas include those of poached plum, cassis, earth, and a whisper of game. The mouthcoating rich and velvet-textured flavors possess a highly seductive mid-palate though the warm mocha and bitter cherry pit-inflected finish display a touch of acid tang that's bright enough to detract, if only mildly, from the sense of balance.