JAMES SUCKLING: "Lots of fruit and intensity with blackberry, chocolate and walnut character. Full body, but remains tensioned and focused. Chewy at the end."
JEB DUNNUCK: "The 2022 Château Badette is another incredibly successful Saint-Emilion in the vintage. Based on 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot, it has a modern, well-oaked style as well as terrific notes of cassis, candied violets, graphite, and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it shines for its purity, balance, and length, and it has an incredible salinity and minerality on the finish. It's a gorgeous wine. If you're oak averse, give it 4-6 years of bottle age, as this will round into pure Saint-Emilion goodness with just short-term bottle age."
FALSTAFF: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Zart nach Heidelbeeren und schwarzen Kirschen, ein Hauch von Lakritze und Orangenzesten. Saftig, elegant, schwarze Waldbeeren, frischer Säurebogen, mineralisch-zitronig, Nugat, salziger Abgang, vielversprechendes Potenzial."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Richly colored, toasty oak is what you initially notice before discovering its wealth of ripe, sweet, black fruits, dark chocolate, licorice and fudge. Yes, the wine is rich, corpulent, and hedonistic, but it is also fresh, creamy, long, and complex. Drink from 2026-2045."
DECANTER: "Sleek and straight through also quite sharp with high-toned strawberry, raspberry and red cherry fruit and high acidity giving life but also some sourness. Crushed stone aspects and powdery tannins give the weight, but stops the push a little short, just a bit coiled and reticent at the moment. Nice detail though, feels clean and well worked. Muscular and forward, bold and seriously constructed with concentration and underlying power yet keeping appealing juiciness. Upgraded to grand cru classé as of 2022. Ageing 18 months, 70% new French oak barrels and 30% one wine. Jean-Philippe Fort consultant."