Mas Belles Eaux Sainte Hélène 2006
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Wine SpectatorThis has an alluring sandalwood aroma, with supple, luscious flavors of raspberry, red plum, cream, allspice and Kenya AA. Very pure and long on the finish, with notes of flan and hints of white pepper. Syrah, Grenache and Carignan.
Wine EnthusiastDark, lush and brooding, this is a beautiful wine with tons of character and potential. Right now, the components are bold and powerful: deep red plum flesh, raspberry, fresh-ground coffee granules, cedar, garrigue spice and cocoa. The tannins are firm and the the finish is long with flecks of pepper shining through. A beautiful wine that can be drunk now or held for another 2-4 years.
Wine AdvocateKelp, dark tobacco, conifers, and resinous herbs mingle with dark cherry, prune, and their distilled counterparts in an intense aromatic display from Belles Eaux's 2006 Languedoc Sainte Helene. Hints of vanilla, caramel, and wood spice contribute a sort of additional complexity though frankly not one I find particularly interesting, and there is a somewhat stiff tannic note to the finish here. A soy-like and marine mineral streak to the finish doesn't prove all that saliva-inducing, perhaps because the finishing tannin or hints of barrel somehow deactivate it. There is a lot to impress here, even if not to charm. I am skeptical about the value of aging it beyond the next several years, but only time can really tell.