"This was my first taste of the 2015 Domaine des Billards and the wine was showing very nicely, with the buxom personality of the 2015 vintage quite in evidence. This is fully 14.5 percent alcohol, making it one of the ripest vintages at the domaine in the last quarter century, but the wine handles this very well and retains good freshness to go along with its powerful personality and Xavier Barbet is very positive about its cellaring potential. The ripe bouquet jumps from the glass in a plush mix of black cherries, a touch of cocoa, gamebird, bonfire and dark soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a plump core of fruit, modest tannins and a very long, velvety and well-balanced finish. I may be underrating this a bit out of the blocks, but I want to see what size and shape it ultimately will show once the beautiful puppy fat of fruit has backed off a bit with bottle age. 2017-2035+. 89+"