The 2007 L'Esprit des Pavots is spectacularly rich and intense displaying all the characteristics of the Les Pavots terroir: blueberry,
vanilla bean, licorice, chocolate, cedar and coffee. The younger
vines produce fruit that brings additional aromas of black cherry,
strawberry, plum and red pepper to the complex bouquet. The
palate is rich, concentrated and full-bodied exhibiting abundant,
youthful, yet supple tannins and a lingering finish. Fruit forward
and enjoyable at release, this wine should age well for a decade.
Blend: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot
"Opaque ruby. Strikingly pure, complex aromas of redcurrant, cherry, spicecake, tobacco and licorice. Pliant, focused red fruit flavors are complemented by deeper notes of mocha and cola. Finishes with silky tannins and a slow-building mineral quality. With its clarity, juiciness and lingering spiciness, this is far more inviting than the brooding Pavots today."
International Wine Cellar
"The second wine, the 2007 L’Esprit des Pavots (44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot), exhibits lots of smoky cassis, tobacco leaf, and chocolate characteristics presented in a full-bodied, fleshy, rich format. While it is unquestionably an outstanding wine, it is simply dwarfed by the prodigiousness of its bigger sibling."
The Wine Advocate