Robert Parker 90
Proprietor Christian Dauriac’s 12-acre vineyard in St.-Emilion’s commune of Ste.-Hippolyte can produce beefy, tannic, rustic-styled wines, but over recent vintages he has tamed the tannins, producing more charm and finesse in his cuvees. The deep, opaque purple-tinged 2006 reveals attractive creme de cassis and blackberry notes intermixed with hints of graphite and roasted herbs. Dense, medium to full-bodied, and powerful with high, but sweet, well-integrated tannins, this lovely wine should be at its finest between 2013-2026.
Anticipated maturity: 2013-2026