2016 Plince


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This is very impressive with layers of ripe tannins that give real density and chewiness. Full and savory. Tight and reserved. Excellent structure. Better than the 2015. Mar 2017, www.jamessuckling.com

Score: 93-94/100James Suckling

This pulls off the trick of rising in intensity and restraint at the same time. A true reflection of Pomerol, it has a smoky tar quality against black cherry fruit that is both intense and soft; caressing fingers that nonetheless are ready to close around you. An amazing wine, hard to quibble with this. 79.6% Merlot and 20.4% Cabernet Franc. Apr 2017, www.decanter.com, Drink: 2025-2040

Score: 93-/100DecanterDrinking Window: 2025-2040

Vivid, with blueberry and boysenberry flavors that glide through, staying fresh and open in feel while pretty spice hints fill in on the finish. A light mineral edge gives this some persistence. Apr 2017, James Molesworth, www.winespectator.com

Score: 89-92/100Wine Spectator

Very dark purplish crimson. Pure, focused arrow-like nose. Lighter and drier than many a Pomerol. Racy wine. Brisk at the moment, though the persistence is impressive.  Apr 2017, www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2025-2040

Score: 16.5-/20Jancis RobinsonDrinking Window: 2025-2040

The 2016 Plince is a blend of 79.6% Merlot and 20.4% Cabernet Franc that has a sensual, very pure bouquet with red cherries and cranberry fruit, a slight confit-like aroma developing. I like the detail here. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly lactic mouthfeel. The oak comes across a little strongly, although feels more assimilated towards the smooth, dark chocolate tinged finish. It is what you might call a crowd-pleasing, commercially savvy Pomerol. Apr 2017, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2020-2032

Score: 89-91/100Neal MartinDrinking Window: 2020-2032

The 2016 Plince is a powerful wine. The flavors are dark and boldly sketched, with fruit and torrefaction notes that suggest a slightly roasted quality. On the palate, the 2016 feels a bit heavy and monolithic, while the tannins lack polish. It will be interesting to see how this develops in barrel. Apr 2017, www.vinous.com

Score: 87-90/100Antonio Galloni
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