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50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot
Chateau Olivier red 2016 takes advantage of the fruity richness provided by Merlot. Notes of red fruits, black cherries and coffee present themselves. This varietal brings full flavors to the mouth with dense and elegantly fine tannins. Merlot is also the provider of the amazing length of this 2016 vintage. Petit Verdot brings fragrances of spices and well-structured tannins for the finish.
Deep purplish crimson. Pure, tight, cedary black fruit. A good counterbalance of cedar-like freshness and pure intense cassis. Rich, dense and with an attractive dark savoury quality even with all this beautifully ripe fruit. Rich, full and fresh. Persistent too. Moreish even now. 17/20 points (JH) (10/2018)
They 2016 Chateau Olivier has a well-defined bouquet with blackberry, black olive and a touch of undergrowth, quite nuanced at first but unfurling with confidence within a couple minutes of aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a pleasant salinity and fine structure, a touch of edginess here and a dash of spice towards that finish.
Fresh and sleek, with plum and black currant fruit that is a touch restrained in style, while light iron, tobacco and black licorice notes line the finish. A singed cedar echo imparts a slight old-school hint, but the fruit is energetic and the acidity fresh. Should be fun to age a bit. Drink now through 2032. Lively, with lightly mulled plum and cherry notes, backed by licorice root and roasted apple wood details. Fleshy, but lively throughout. Just a touch extracted in feel through the finish. (JM) (4/2017)
The 2016 Olivier is plump, juicy and delicious. Succulent black cherry, licorice, tobacco, smoke and new leather are all nicely pushed forward. The 2016 is not super-complex, but it offers lovely depth and creaminess in a soft, open-knit style that should drink well early. (AG) (4/2017)
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