|91-93+ THE WINEADVOCATE: "The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Alcee is strutting quite a lot of oak along with loads of beautiful, underlying black cherry compote, warm blueberries and red plum preserves notes plus wafts of dark chocolate and menthol. Full-bodied with a rock-solid line of firm, ripe, grainy tannins, it has generous blue and black fruit layers and a lively line, finishing with a minty kick."
90-93 WINESPECTATOR: "Dark boysenberry and currant fruit is melded nicely with anise and apple wood accents. Shows grip and solid stuffing.—J.M."
93 DECANTER: "You are getting a lot of complexity for a wine that usually retails for under 20 Euros. There are oak notes but they are well handled, joined by seductive aromatics with floral touches, and dense plum and black cherry flavours. This was bought by Nicolas Thienpont in 201 as a 2ha estate that has now been expanded to 6ha. The former owners took the wine produced to the local cooperative."
90-91 JAMES SUCKLING: "A tight and layered red with purple fruit, wet earth and hints of spices. Medium body, firm tannins and a medium finish."
90-92 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Fruity, ripe, round and forward, the wine is loaded with sweet, black cherry, cocoa, licorice and espresso. You can enjoy this on release for all its ripe, juicy, round fruit. Produced from 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc."
90-92 JEB DUNNUCK: "From a six-hectare parcel of limestone and clay soils that was purchased by Nicolas Thienpont in 2011, the 2018 Château Alcée checks in as 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. This gem of a wine has terrific cassis, graphite, spice box and earthy aromas and flavors that develop nicely with time in the glass. Balanced, medium to full-bodied, and nicely textured, it has ample tannins and a great finish. There are a scant 1,000 cases, but I suspect it will represent a rocking value."