|90-93 points Wine Spectator: Spearmint, vanilla bean and dried dark fruits on the nose follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a fruity finish. Still in reserve, but excellent. â€”J.S.
88-90 points Robert Parker: This sleeper of the vintage was cropped at 34 hectoliters per hectare, and the result is a concentrated, viscous wine revealing beautiful mulberry and black currant fruit intertwined with hints of earth and spring flowers. Terrific density and opulence as well as a tremendous finish suggest it will drink well young, yet last for 15+ years.
89-92 ponts Stephen Tanzer: Inky purple. Very rich, spicy aromas of dark smoky plum and blackberry jam are just this side of overripe, but manage to stay maintain vibrancy. This successfully continues its balancing act on the palate, with very ripe, luscious black fruit and dark chocolate flavors that are kept lively by sound, harmonious acids. Finishes long and smooth, with a lingering note of spicy plum. Stephan von Neipperg's Chateau d'Aiguilhe benefits from very well situated hillside vineyards, which drain well and get plenty of sunlight. The harvest here was relatively early for the area , which at least partly explains the success of this wine.