Jeb Dunnuck Review
From vines around the winemaker's house, the 2018 Patrimony Caves Des Lions is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc that will see 28 months in new French oak. Lots of smoke tobacco, blackcurrants, chocolate, damp earth, vanilla bean, and Asian spices dominate the bouquet, and it has a pure, already complex style aromatically. Rich, full-bodied, and gorgeously textured on the palate, it's another winner that's going to drink nicely right out of the gate yet also evolve for 15+ years. Drink now-2037.
Wine Advocate Review
The 2018 Caves des Lions is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc, expected to age 28 months in 100% new French oak. It has a deep ruby-purple color and deep scents of rose petals, cured meats, tobacco leaves and cedar over a core of pure, crushed blackcurrants with loads of exotic perfume. The full-bodied palate is firm and very finely grained with full, ripe flavors and just enough freshness, finishing very long and layered. Drink now-2040.
James Suckling Review
Extremely perfumed and bright with blackberry and blueberry character. Some dried tobacco, too. Full-bodied, tight and focused with savory flavor. Soft, fine tannins. Seaweed and soya to the dark-fruit flavors. Ripe fruit in the center palate. Drinkable now, but better in three or four years with bottle age. 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% cabernet franc.
Wine Tasting Notes
Ink Purple in color, this wine that comes from the homes of Daniel and Georges DAOU, provides the deepest expression of a marriage between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. At the first sip, the density of this wine strikes you as something ethereal. On the nose, you are mesmerized with scents of rose petals, cigar box, blackberry Jam, Dark cherries, hibiscus, stone fruit, vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and supple with an underlying power that spells elegance throughout the entire tasting experience. The middle palate is balanced and delivers a smooth transition between the attack and the finish. The finish won't stop while keeping the wine fresh and vibrant.
64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Cabernet Franc