Peter Michael L’Esprit des Pavots 2014 - Temple Cellars
$173.00

94 points James Suckling

"Beautiful tobacco, berry and herb. Lots of sweet tobacco. Full body, round tannins and juicy fruit character. Soft and delicious. Savory. Salty and delicious. You want to drink it now, so do."

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine is silky, lush and approachable, with low acidity and notes of black olive tapenade intermixed with graphite, blackberry, cassis and smoke. It is full-bodied, plush and best drunk over the next 10-15 years. (RP)"

TASTING NOTES

 

Generiously rich and intense, the 2014 L’Esprit des Pavots displays all the features which characterize the Les Pavots terroir: blueberry, vanilla bean, licorice, chocolate, cedar and coffee. The fruit of younger vines
brings additional aromas of black cherry, black currant, plum, leather, tobacco and gray and white pepper to the complex bouquet. The palate is full-bodied, and concentrated, exhibiting savory elements and abundant, supple tannins with a lingering finish. Fruit forward and enjoyable at release, this wine should age for a decade or more.

L’Esprit des Pavots (Estate Cabernet Blend)

First produced in the 2001 vintage, the wine was sourced in our Les Pavots vineyard and affectionately referred to as the ‘little brother.’ The blend for L’Esprit has always been more free-form than Les Pavots, varying more from vintage to vintage. Starting in the 2016 vintage we introduced selected lots from our Au Paradis vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley. The wine is typically more fruit forward and early-drinking than Les Pavots or Au Paradis, but remains a true expression of the Peter Michael style, balanced, elegant and age worthy.

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