94pts Wine Spectator
Alluring, with a ganache note weaving amid the warm tar and steeped blackberry and black currant paste flavors. Has weight in addition to juicy energy. Well done. JM (91-94pts)
92pts James Suckling
Very polished red with plum and crushed stone character. Full to medium body, round and vevety tannins. Clean finish. (91-92pts)
92pts Wine Spectator
This has the gamut of dark currant and blackberry compote flavors, with smoldering tobacco, tar and cedar notes and singed savory details. While dark and slightly rustic in profile, this has a good zip of fresh acidity through the finish. Shows solid range and character. Drink now through 2030.
90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 De France had a little dustiness on the nose when I tasted it, although underneath lay some attractive, earthy, quite smoky red and black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, a little austere in style compared to its peers, masculine with an earthy, bell pepper tinged finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. It deserves three or four years in bottle. (88-90pts)
Deep red ruby color. Intense nose of red berries (black currant, blue berry and cherries) and gingerbread. Spice and liquorice on the palate with elegant and well-ripened tannins, refined oak aromas and a smoky note on the finish. Impressive length. This wine can be aged for many years. Food pairing: any grilled meats.
The Chateau de France was built on the foundations of an ancient manor house underneath which still remains its original arched cellars. The cellars and the house date to the end of the 17th century and were constructed by Philippe Decoud.