100 Year Old Carignan
- Alun Griffiths, MW (head buyer Queen’s Merchant): “Glorious nose, crunchy red fruit, bags of freshness. Intense. Concentration but with elegance, no heaviness, and no raisiny character from over ripeness or too much extraction. Long. All the positive features of good Carignan with none of the negatives. Lovely balancing acidity.”
- Anne McHale, MW: Liquorice and dark red cherries on the nose, lovely graphitey earthy quality too. More liquorice on palate and a delightful chewy tarriness of tannins (in a good way) backing delicious ripe dark cherry fruit and a decent finish. Great concentration and density for the price.
- Simon Fields, MW: A standout wine in every sense; outstanding through debt to low yield purity, rigorous tannin management and a patina of unassailable pedigree. Dense, with aromatics focused on dried fruit and licorice, any intimations of austerity immediately dashed on the palate, which is broad, rounded and unnervingly complex.