Robert Parker 91+ Points
More seriously endowed with more noticeable vanillin and toasty oak characteristics, the 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Le Rouvre reveals a dense purple color, sweet tannin and lots of creme de cassis, blackberry, pepper, spice, roasted meat and forest floor notes. This big wine will benefit from several years of cellaring and will keep for 10-12 years.
Wine Spectator 92 Points
There's a dense core of plum, cassis and macerated raspberry in this red, but the edges are silky, giving an inviting feel, while definition-adding iron and violet notes cut in on the finish. Offers fruit and minerality, welded together. Drink now through 2015. 75 cases imported.–JM
International Wine Cellar 91-93 Points
Glass-staining purple. High-pitched dark fruit and floral aromas are complicated by notes of sassafras, star anise and black pepper, along with a hint of cola. Sweet, spicy, incisive boysenberry and cherry flavors expand in the mid-palate and pick up a note of candied violet. Blends richness and vivacity smoothly and finishes with a strong echo of spice cake.-JR