2016 Olivier Rouge, Pessac Leognan

SKU #1442026 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Dense tannins are balanced by equally rich fruit in this wine. It comes from vines around a medieval, moated castle on the edge of Bordeaux city. The wine is full of ripe, juicy blackberry flavors that circle of core of dryness. Both will allow the wine to age well. Drink from 2025. (RV)  (5/2019)

94 points Decanter

 This is generous, well judged and jam-packed with the luscious black fruits that 2016 specialises in. Beautifully juicy, the aromatics are very clean, with a deeply spicy side to the cassis and blackberry. Well worked tannins, very classic Pessac. Excellent. (JA)  (4/2017)

93 points James Suckling

 A solid column of pretty cool fruit with blackcurrants and stones. Full body, polished and chew tannins and a juicy finish. Hints of asphalt and smoke to the dark fruit at the end. Drink in 2022.  (2/2019)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Lively, with lightly mulled plum and cherry notes, backed by licorice root and roasted apple wood details. Fleshy, but lively throughout. Just a touch extracted in feel through the finish. (JM)  (4/2017)

88-91 points Vinous

 The 2016 Olivier is plump, juicy and delicious. Succulent black cherry, licorice, tobacco, smoke and new leather are all nicely pushed forward. The 2016 is not super-complex, but it offers lovely depth and creaminess in a soft, open-knit style that should drink well early. (AG)  (4/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Olivier features Black Forest cake, kirsch, dried herbs and warm cassis with hints of garrigue, tapenade, forest floor and truffles. Medium-bodied with an elegantly styled palate, it has a solid foundation of ripe, grainy tannins and great freshness lifting the long earthy finish. (LPB)  (11/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Deep purplish crimson. Pure, tight, cedary black fruit. A good counterbalance of cedar-like freshness and pure intense cassis. Rich, dense and with an attractive dark savoury quality even with all this beautifully ripe fruit. Rich, full and fresh. Persistent too. Moreish even now. 17/20 points (JH)  (10/2018)

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