91+pts-View from the Cellar-John Gilman
The old vine bottling of Pimentiers (eighty-nine years of age in 2018) is deeper and more structured than the Cuvée Reine Joly, but this is not atypical by any means, as this is always built like a fine premier cru. The bouquet is more reserved today, but shows impressive complexity to come, offering up a mix of dark berries, black cherries, pigeon, bitter chocolate, stony soil tones, Savigny spice tones, a touch of cedar and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and rock solid at the core, with a fine signature of stony soil tones, ripe, well-integrated tannins and fine length and grip on the very well-balanced finish. This will take a good decade to really start to hit on all cylinders, but it is going to be outstanding once it has blossomed. 2028- 2060.
A Burghound “Outanding Value” for the 2018 vintage. An admirably discreet application of wood easily allows the spicier aromas of purple fruit, especially plum, and earth to shine. There is a bit more volume to the delicious, punchy and focused flavors that possess a caressing mid-palate mouthfeel that contrasts with the firm and mildly austere finale. This is really very good for its level and is worth a look. – Allen Meadows