93+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, October 2018 One-third each Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah, the 2016 Lirac La Reine des Bois continues this cuvée's tradition of overdelivering. Blueberry and mulberry fruit abound, dusted with cocoa and cinnamon. Full-bodied, rich and dense, it offers considerable aging potential, should you have the fortitude to resist it. It's juicy and long on the finish, where it picks up hints of licorice and baking spices. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
91/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Nov 30, 2018 Enticingly ripe, with dense raspberry and blackberry paste flavors forming the core while light anise, sweet spice and toast notes fill in around it. A licorice edge takes center stage through the finish. For the hedonist crowd. Drink now through.
93/100 Punkte Vinous Sep 2016 Medium yellow. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, crushed rock, rosemary and medicinal herbs reminded me of a topnotch Chablis. Wonderfully elegant, precise and fine-grained, with intense soft citrus flavors framed by perfectly integrated acidity (actually a moderate-for-the-vintage 4.0 grams per liter). Classy, seamless and utterly distinctive, with strong rocky minerality and a very long, perfumed back end. Not at all an outsized wine, this beauty finishes with terrific lift. Burrier noted that he could have served this wine first or last in the tasting (last year, he presented it first among his numerous climats), as it's from limestone soil above mother rock, with virtually no clay. The plateau around the winery is the youngest place in the area, geologically speaking, and Burrier noted that it's hard to grow anything on this windy, "austere" site.
93+/100 Punkte Vinous November 2017 Full medium yellow. Exotic lift to the perfumed, highly expressive aromas of pèche de vigne, nectarine, honeysuckle, acacia flower and wild herbs. Delivers outstanding intensity, depth and purity of flavor, with underlying minerality providing lift but no austerity. This sharply delineated wine is more about finesse than power. Finishes wonderfully bright, dense and long. This should be long-lived for a 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé.
91+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, August 2017 The 2015 Pouilly Fuisse Vers Cras comes from two hectares of 50-year-old vines that spends 12 months in cask and another four months in vat. It has a fresh and focused bouquet with subtle honeysuckle and beeswax aromas threaded through the citrus fruit. I appreciate the manner in which this unfolds with aeration. The palate is vibrant on the entry with good acidity but then the second half just seems a little simple by comparison. A wine of two halves, the first better than the second, but overall a very sound Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Cras that may well warrant a higher score in the future.
93/100 Punkte Falstaff Helles Goldgelb mit grünen Reflexen. Sehr lebendiges Perlenspiel. In der Nase feinblättrige Aromen nach weißen Blüten, unterlegt mit Nuancen von Honigäpfeln, Ananas und Nektarine. Saftiger, frischer Säurebogen, salzige Mineralik, elegant, extraktsüßer Nachhall mit Mandelnoten und feinen Gewürzanklängen, große Länge mit pfeffrigem Touch. (25% Arbanne, 25% Petit Meslier, 25% Blanc Vrai, 25% Chardonnay).
93/100 Punkte Parker Apr 2019 The latest release of Drappier's NV Brut Blanc de Quatre Blancs Quattuor#an unusual blend of Arbanne, Petite Meslier, Blanc Vrai and Chardonnay#opens in the glass with an attractive bouquet of honeycomb, crisp yellow orchard fruit, dried white flowers, marzipan and toasted walnuts. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, broad and crisply fleshy, with a deep core of fruit, an elegant pinpoint mousse and tangy balancing acids, concluding with a long, nutty finish. This is a terrific rendition of this rare bottling, and it's more than a mere curio; indeed, it's well worth seeking out.
91/100 Punkte James Suckling Oct 2016 With attractive red berry fruits on the nose, this is big on the strawberry fruit charm and really fresh. The palate's soft, creamy and bathed in ripe red-fruit flavors. A really primary, pure and fresh Champagne. Drink now.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, November 15, 2017 A graceful rosé that's lacy and airy in texture, with finely knit acidity enlivening the flavors of ripe cherry and strawberry fruit and lemon chiffon, accented by hints of smoke and spice. Drink now through 2022.