Press 2014 Vintage

Wine Advocate #226 (Aug 2016) - Review by Jeb Dunnuck
2014 Hommage a Nos Pairs, 96 points
Already in bottle, the 2014 Hommage A Nos Pairs is another huge, unctuous and petal to the metal effort that’s overflowing with notions of creme de cassis, caramelized black cherries, toasty oak and creamy licorice. Coming from limestone and shale soils and a blend of 95% Syrah, 3% Grenache and 2% Viognier, from tiny yields, it stays fresh and lively, has no hard edges and a soft, supple, hard to resist personality. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.
Wine Advocate #226 (Aug 2016) - Review by Jeb Dunnuck 2014
Cuvee Jean, 96 points
Showing a cool climate-like bouquet of pepper, gamy meats, olive and chocolaty dark fruits, the 2014 Cuvee Jean is full-bodied, rich and unctuous on the palate, with the hallmark purity and crazily polished texture of all of Guillaume’s wines. Made from 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier, from Bien Nacido’s Z and X Blocks, it spent 16 months in 30% new oak. Drink this sexy beast over the coming decade.”
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #226 (Aug 2016) – Review by Jeb Dunnuck
2014 L'Insolent, 95 points
Reminding me of a top flight Pomerol (despite having no Merlot), Guillaume Fabre’s 2014 L’Insolent is a fabulous looking blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Petit Verdot that was barrel-fermented and will see 23 months in barrel. It offers lots of black cherries, cassis, toasted spice and coffee bean aromatics to go with a full-bodied, supple, sexy and seamless style on the palate. Despite all of the fruit, it has nicely polished tannin on the finish. It should be ready to go on release and drink well for 10-15 years.”
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #226 (Aug 2016) – Review by Jeb Dunnuck
2014 El Toro, 93-96 points
“Tasted out of barrel, the 2014 El Toro is an eclectic blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah from three great sites (James Berry, l’Aventure and York Mountain) that was vinified and aged 16 months in 20% new French oak. A big, rich, structured effort that will need to be forgotten for 3-4 years, it gives up tons of sweet black cherries, cedary spice, chalky minerality and dried earth-like aromas and flavors. It will have 15-20 years of overall longevity.”
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #226 (Aug 2016) – Review by Jeb Dunnuck
2015 Hommage Blanc, 94 points

“The 2015 Hommage Blanc is up there with the creme de la creme of Rhone whites in California. Made from 80% Roussanne and 20% Viognier that was brought up in 40% new oak, it offers gorgeous notes of white peach, stone fruit, buttered citrus and flower oil. Rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully layered and with terrific freshness and purity, it should drink nicely for 3-4 years, although I see no need to delay gratification.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #226 (Aug 2016) – Review by Jeb Dunnuck
2014 Harmonie, 93 points

“Seeing a long four- to six-week fermentation and 16 months in almost all neutral French oak barrels, the 2014 Harmonie offers the classic full-bodied, seamless texture that is common from this estate as well as tons of sweet black raspberries, creamy licorice and spice aromas and flavors. Made from 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah from a multitude of sites, drink this downright sexy, voluptuous and decadent Paso red over the coming 7-8 years.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #226 (Aug 2016) – Review by Jeb Dunnuck
2014 Fleur de Solene, 93 points

A blend from all of the sites Guillaume works with, the 2014 Fleur de Solene (70% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 10% Cabernet Franc) is another winner from this guy who can do no wrong. Loaded with notes of plums, exotic flowers, mint and hints of green herbs, this medium to full-bodied, rich and beautifully textured 2014 is ready to go, but should keep nicely through at least 2024.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #226 (Aug 2016) – Review by Jeb Dunnuck
2014 Sweet Clementine, 94 points

“Lastly, the 2014 Sweet Clementine is Fabre’s take on a Banyuls from the Roussillon region of France. Made from almost all Grenache, with a splash of Syrah, fortified with brandy and bottled with 100 grams of residual sugar, it offers a sexy, forward bouquet of plums, spice box, candied black olives and kirsch in a full-bodied, balanced, hedonistic style. It’s a shame dessert wines seem to have fallen out of favor these days, but this beauty is well worth your time and money.”.

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