2009 L'Esprit des Pavots is spectacularly rich and intense with
all the classic elements which characterize Les Pavots terroir:
blueberry, vanilla bean, coffee, cacao bean, cedar, black currant,
blackberry, blueberry and subtle notes of grey pepper. The property's younger vines contribute brighter fruit such as strawberry,
black cherry and plum liqueur in addition to a touch of red pepper, which add to the wine's complex bouquet. The palate is rich,
concentrated and full-bodied exhibiting abundant, youthful, yet
supple tannins and a refined lingering finish. Fruit forward and
enjoyable at release, this wine should age well for a decade.
Blend: 47% Cabernet Franc, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
"As good as Les Pavots is in 2009, the real surprise is the 2009 L'Esprit des Pavots, which costs about half the price and delivers nearly as much pleasure. To be sure, $95 a bottle isn't cheap, but the Esprit delivers the goods and then some. The 2009 is a huge, mouthfilling wine bursting with dark fruit. It doesn't have the textural finesse or sophistication of Les Pavots (especially in the tannins), but it is nevertheless incredibly pleasing right now. I loved it. The Esprit is made from vineyards that are 10-15 years old. The blend is 47% Cabernet Franc, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Inky violet color. Aromas of dark cherry and pungent herbs are brightened by peppery spices and flowers. Offers intense blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors brightened by juicy acidity, which adds back-end cut. Sappy and precise on the tenacious finish, showing sexy mocha and vanilla qualities."
International Wine Cellar