90-92 THE WINEADVOCATE: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 de France comes prancing out of the glass with bright kirsch and raspberry pie scents over a core of blackberry preserves and warm cassis plus wafts of tobacco and bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with juicy red and black fruit with a chewy frame and long, savory finish."
92-94 WINE ENTHUSIAST: "92–94. Barrel Sample. A dry, firm structure marks a serious future for this wine. At this stage, its tannins are solid, masking the juicy black currant flavor that is hiding underneath. The wine will be firm and well balanced."
90 DECANTER: "On deep gravel soils, this is rich and tight with good intensity. It tastes well made although a little foursquare, saved by the menthol finish. It shows lots of classicism and good construction - plenty of Left Bank precision from the Thomassin family. 30% new oak."
92-93 JAMES SUCKLING: "A pretty core of ripe fruit to this red with lots of plum and chocolate character. Full body. Velvety tannins. Excellent for this estate."
90-92 JEB DUNNUCK: "The deep ruby/purple-hued 2018 Château De France offers a balanced, charming, medium to full-bodied style as well as classic Graves notes of earthy black fruits, underbrush, and spring flowers. It’s a fruit-forward, fleshy, charming 2018 that’s going to shine with just a few years of bottle age and keep for a decade or more."