Very concentrated and intense this year. It’s full-bodied with lots of berries and hints of dried fruit. Chewy, oak-infused tannins. Salty undertone. Needs time to soften. One for the cellar. 80% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon. Try after 2024.
94 points, James Suckling (Mar 2021)
Gorgeous black raspberry and cassis fruits as well as floral, graphite, and candied orange notes all emerge from the 2018 Clos Lunelles. This beauty has a distinct sense of minerality, medium to full body, silky yet present tannins, and a wonderful finish. It's another incredibly pretty, elegant, yet still concentrated wine from this estate that's going to benefit from 2-3 years in the cellar and keep for 10-15 years. It's impressive.
93+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar 2021)
The 2018 Clos Lunelles is composed of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 14.46% alcohol and a 3.64 pH. Deep garnet-purple in color, it struts confidently out of the glass with gregarious notes of plum preserves, fruitcake and blueberry pie, plus suggestions of Indian spices, Sichuan pepper, new leather and tobacco leaf with a waft of tree bark. The medium to full-bodied palate is laden with black fruit preserves, supported by velvety tannins and impressive freshness, finishing long and extra spicy.
93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Mar 2021)
The 2018 Clos Lunelles is a heady, exuberant wine. Inky red/purplish berry fruit, mocha, rose petal, spice and lavender, with clean veins of mineral that lend energy as well as a palpable feeling of direction. I would cellar the 2018 for at least a year or two. The blend of opulence and vibrancy from these limestone-rich soils is compelling. This is a terrific showing for the Perse family's Côtes de Castillon.
92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Mar 2021)
Lush, showy style with waves of warmed cassis and plum reduction cascading over alluring mocha and sweet tobacco notes. Polished and suave through the lengthy finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2027.
92 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Mar 2021)