|92-94 THE WINEADVOCATE: "Owned by Gérard Perse of Château Pavie, who noted the striking similarities between the terroir here and at Pavie, this is a 9.5-hectare vineyard on the limestone plateau of Castillon. Grapes were harvested October 1-2, with yields of 37 hectoliters per hectare. The 2018 Clos Lunelles is blended of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 14.46% alcohol and a 3.64 pH. Very deep purple-black in color, it delivers bold, exuberant scents of crushed black cherries, plum pudding and kirsch with nuances of mulberries, dark chocolate, espresso and star anise with suggestions of mossy bark, truffles and tapenade. Full-bodied with concentrated black fruit and earthy layers, it has a firm, grainy texture and fantastic freshness, finishing long and mineral sparked."
92 FALSTAFF: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Zart nach Kardamon, schwarzes Beerenkonfit, dunkle Herzkirschen, Edelholztouch. Saftig, süße Textur, reife Feigen, kraftvolle Tannine, Nougat, frisch strukturiert, würziger Nachhall, gutes Reifepotenzial."
90-93 WINESPECTATOR: "Ripe, focused and well-formed already, featuring a solid core of plum and currant paste flavors, infused with tobacco and warm earth notes.—J.M."
92-93 JAMES SUCKLING: "This is a powerful and linear young red with a firm and long tannin structure that runs through the center palate. Medium to full body. Long finish."
93-95 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Deep in color, the wine is dense, full-bodied, lush, ripe and powerful. The deep, dense fruits are accompanied by rocks, stones, espresso, anise and oyster shell. The finish is long, with polish and intensity in the chocolate, licorice, infused, dark plums and black cherry endnotes. The wine was made from blending 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Give this at least 6-8 years and perhaps longer in the cellar to come together."
93-95 JEB DUNNUCK: "Coming from the Castillon region, which is a treasure trove of value in the vintage, the 2018 Clos Lunelles is a blend of 80% Merlot and 10% each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It tastes like the essence of limestone with its salty minerality and beautiful black cherry, currant, and crushed flowers aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, salty, mineral-laced, and beautifully balanced, it might be the finest Castillon in the vintage!"