Very sappy, with lots of kirsch and anise notes. There's ample acidity, but good briary grip as well, along with slightly chewy toast. The pieces are all there. James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com
Wine SpectatorScore: 89-92/100
A delicious, supple, velvety-textured, opulent effort, Rol Valentin's 2011 offers plenty of dark fruits, licorice, camphor and a hint of truffles. This medium-bodied, lush, round St.-Emilion is meant for early consumption, so drink it over the next 7-8 years. Apr 2014, www.robertparker.com
Robert ParkerScore: 90/100
Deep ruby in color, with truffle, licorice, dark cherry, spice and coffee scents, this medium bodied, charming St. Emilion offers a finish filled with bright, fresh, black raspberries and vanilla.
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar InsiderScore: 89/100
Tasted three times. The second at Jean-Luc Thunevin the best example with copious blackcurrant on the nose that is well defined and generous. The palate shows fine balance with ripe tannins, a little chewy in the mouth and a slightly monotonous, oaky finish. Tasted April 2012.Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com
Neal MartinScore: 87-89/100
Vey black fruit on the nose and the palate is all bitter chocolate and not much else. Only time can save this tannic beast.