Crayères Vineyard Reserve 2016
“The word “reserve” on the label is included presumably to make drinkers aware of its serious intent. And the fact that the winemaker, Xavier Bizot, suggests cellaring for two to three decades, reinforces the idea. He wants this wine to represent the apogee of the Cab-Shiraz style, although in truth there is also a third noticeable player, Cabernet Franc (16%).
In contrast to his standard and joyously fruit forward Cab-Shiraz, Bizot goes for generous fruit aligned with notable structure. A high percentage of new French oak (84%) will be a talking point and no doubt is there to give extra credence to a wine intended for serious aging and discussion.
Black berries, licorice backstrap, dusty earth, discreet herbals and vanilla oak can all be discerned on the bouquet. In the mouth, there’s a sense of power matched equally by a pronounced quality oak presence. Powdery tannins define and shape the firm palate and long finish.” 94 points
Jeni Port, winepilot.com