Chateau Cote de Baleau St. Emilion Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 2015
AG93: "Just as it was en primeur, the 2015 Côte de Baleau is pure class. Silky tannins, lifted aromatics and soft, caressing fruit meld together to inform a super-polished, elegant Saint-Émilion that speaks with a hushed, sensual voice. Readers who appreciate the more restrained side of Bordeaux will find much to admire." Antonio Galloni
NM92: "The 2015 Cote de Baleau has a fresh, red cherry and crushed strawberry-scented bouquet, candied but pure and appealing. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, velvety smooth with good depth, mocha-tinged black fruit taking over the steering wheel toward the finish. This should be an approachable Saint-Émilion that will offer several years of drinking pleasure, probably more. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2030." - Neal Martin
WA92-94: "The 2015 Cote de Baleau has a refined and intense bouquet with precise black and red fruit, seamlessly integrated oak and a sense of terroir coming through. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-judged acidity and plenty of finesse and poise towards the finish. This is such a pretty Saint Emilion that you almost overlook its length and persistence. It is one of the best wines that I have tasted from the estate."
JS92: "Attractive, spiced berry and earthy aromas with light mocha notes, leading to a palate with fresh red berries. A lithe, mid-weight clutch of tannins to close. Drink or hold." - James Suckling
WS92: "This has a juicy core of crushed raspberry, boysenberry and red currant fruit that has melded already with singed mesquite and iron threads. A flash of tobacco adds a mouthwatering hint to the lengthy finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. 6,917 cases made." Wine Spectator