ID 215031. A blend of 183 wines. Broad, putty nose with real spice and interest. Middle-aged. Rich. I will resist anthropomorphism here.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025
Robert Parker 94
A complex bouquet of iodine, mandarin, warm biscuits, dried flowers, citrus oil and anise introduces the NV Grande Cuvee 163eme Ã‰dition, a wine that’s built around the 2007 vintage and is beginning to display some very attractive evolution. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with a ripe but racy spine of acidity, chalky structure and a long, penetrating finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035
The NV Grand Cuvée 163 Edition is wonderfully open-knit and giving, qualities that make it a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next 30 or so years. Pastry, apricot, lemon confit, chamomile and white flowers, along with soft contours, give the wine its inviting, alluring personality. There is more than enough energy and overall freshness to support several decades of fine drinking. Even so, the 163 is virtually impossible to resist at this early stage.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2037