92-95 Points - Antonio Galloni
"The 2013 Le Désir is once again alluring. Le Désir is quite powerful and intense, but it also has fairly soft contours for the year. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, chocolate, mocha, licorice and cloves are all pushed forward. Energetic and explosive, the 2013 is going to need at least a few years in bottle to settle down, but it has plenty to offer. I tasted the 2013 from tank just prior to bottling."
These are wines made in tiny quantities of about 1500 cases per year by Pierre Seillan, a Bordeaux winemaker, who was coaxed from the vineyards of the Médoc to work his magic in Sonoma. Pierre’s aim is to make wines that ally the ripeness of Californian fruit to the structure and ageing ability of top Bordeaux.
They are truly outstanding wines with the potential to improve yet further and whilst they are not cheap, the price really does reflect their quality and rarity value.
About the wine
2013 was an epic vintage in California and the wines produced are possibly some of the best for decades!
“2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting north coast varietals over the last 37 years... the consistency in quality, depth of flavour, texture, freshness, vibrancy and richness was absolutely mind-boggling" Robert Parker
Le Désir—predominantly Cabernet Franc supported by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and a touch of Malbec — shows layers of concentrated fruit, exotic spice, opulent aromatics and a plush suede texture.
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99 Points - Robert Parker
"The 2013 Le Desir represents 2,500 cases. This is the softest of the three wines in 2013, and this blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec emerges with more than half of the cuvée coming from Hillsides in Alexander Valley, 37% from Chalk Hill and the rest tiny dollops from Bennett Valley and Knights Valley. Opaque purple, like its siblings, the wine is showing incredible floral, blueberry and espresso notes, exotic Asian spices, velvety texture, a supple, multilayered mouthfeel and incredible finish, with incense and licorice. This is magnificent young wine, with a good 40-50 years of upside potential. Pierre Seillan is justifiably proud of what he has achieved, and his first vintage of Vérité was only 1998, but they go from strength to strength."