The perfect size for cellaring, this blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc is a deep, dark enigma that unfolds to reveal so much complexity. The nose is packed with black currant and meaty nuances along with caramel, clove and cinnamon. The round, refined palate brings in leather and olive, framed with fine tannins and iron minerality. This will reward the patient as it settles into even more elegance over the next decade or so.
The 2016 Au Paradis is borderline perfection in a glass and shows the incredible quality both of this estate and the vintage. Tons of blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, savory spice, dried earth, and graphite notes all emerge from this full-bodied, structured, concentrated effort that reminds me of a First Growth Pauillac. With building tannins and incredible purity of fruit, it’s going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle and keep for three decades.