Wine Advocate - 95 points
"An amazing effort, it boasts...incredible levels of extract and richness...thrilling levels of fruit, massive body, and a colossal finish."- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Taking a minimalist approach Winemaker Christophe Paubert likes to say that he “guides” rather than “makes” Ne Cede Malis. The carefully tended head trained vines in this 5-acre plot include Petite Sirah, Carignane, Mourvedre, Grenache, Peloursin, Syrah and even Muscat and Sauvignon Blanc among others. After hand picking, the grapes were co-fermented, undergoing a short maceration prior to aging in American oak barrels (25% new) for 12 months. After years of experimentation, American oak became the obvious barrel choice for Ne Cede Malis. The oak’s spiciness, which could overwhelm a delicate wine, is easily handled by and helps enhance the strength and depth of this powerful varietal.