93-95 THE WINEADVOCATE: "The 2018 Badette comes from the lieu-dit Badette in Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes. The Blend is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine is aging in 50% new and 50% second year oak barrels and the estimated aging regimen will run 18 months. With 14% alcohol and a deep purple-black color, it sings of crushed blueberries, warm plums and chocolate-covered cherries with a cedar-kissed undercurrent and loads of exotic spice sparks—cassis, fenugreek and star anise—plus a waft of forest floor. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, it has a wonderful line of freshness, with finely grained tannins and a long, mineral-tinged finish."
92-93 JAMES SUCKLING: "A tight and polished red with dark-berry, chocolate and hazelnut character. Medium body, refined tannins and a flavorful finish."
90-93 ANTONIO GALLONI: "The 2018 Badette is a gorgeous wine that shows the richer, darker side of Saint-Émilion off to great effect. Black cherry, plum, sweet oak chocolate, new leather, spice and menthol infuse this brooding, potent Saint-Émilion. Badette is not shy by any means, but it has a ton of character. The oak needs time to settle, and yet the wine appears to have the fruit richness to handle it. The blend is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Tasted two times."
93-95 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Juicy, ripe, fresh and showing concentration, freshness and character with layers of ripe dark fruits, earth and licorice on the nose and in the long, voluptuous finish. The wine was made from blending 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, reaching 14% alcohol."
92-94 JEB DUNNUCK: "From an estate purchased in 2012 by Belgian wine merchant Marc Vandenbogaerde, the 2018 Château Badette checks in as a rough blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot that will see 18 months in 50% new French oak. It’s an elegant, medium to full-bodied Saint-Émilion that has a beautiful perfume of crème de cassis, graphite, spicy wood, and earth. It’s perfectly balanced, has subtle minerality, and a great finish, all making for a stunning 2018 that’s going to impress for over two decades."