Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 93
... the 2009 Les Gravieres is the best wine proprietor Denis Barraud has ever produced. Yields were not terribly low at 38 hectoliters per hectare, but this wine (made with 100% Merlot and finishing at just under 14% alcohol) has a spectacular, even flamboyant nose of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and black currant liqueur along with hints of subtle smoke and burning embers. On the palate it is full-bodied, with outstanding intensity, a skyscraper-like mid-palate that goes on and on ... Bravo!
Wine Spectator (WS): 90-93
Licorice, tar and blackberry on the nose. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit, silky tannins and a long finish.