2018 Verite Le Desir

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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DC 99 JD 98 JS 97 JA 97 WA 97 VN 97
DC 99

Decanter, November 2021

The wine has a gorgeous nose. All botanicals, florals, berries, wet leaves, earth which is dewy and freshly turned. And then there’s a wow factor on the palate which is massive, complex, labyrinthine in its layers and...
JD 98

jebdunnuck.com, July 2021

(98+ points) The Cabernet Franc blend of the trio, the 2018 Le Desir is 82% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and 6% Malbec, and as with all these wines, it was brought up in new barrels. Ruby/purple and not completely opaque...
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, January 2022

Blackberry, violet and crushed stone on the nose. Pure fruit, but reserved and tensioned. Full-bodied with firm, tight tannins and a long finish. Some tightness. The tannins spread across the palate, so integrated and...
JA 97

janeanson.com, July 2021

Cabernet Franc dominant, with touches of raspberry leaf, rosemary and sage, mouthwatering acidities. A lovely tension and grip runs right through the palate. Floral edged with peony and curled woodsmoke highlights the...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, July 2021

(97+ points) Composed of 82% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot and 6% Malbec, the 2018 Le Désir was aged for 16 months in 100% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, it is a little closed to begin, soon unfurling to offer...
VN 97

Vinous, April 2020

(94-97 points) For the first time ever, Le Désir is 100% Cabernet Franc in 2018. Vivid and brilliant in the glass, Le Désir bristles with energy. A vivid array of dark fruit, leather, spice, licorice, chocolate and...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Sonoma
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.3%
Closure Cork

Introducing the exquisite 2018 Verite Le Desir, a captivating red wine that hails from the esteemed Verite winery in California's North Coast region. This proprietary blend is a true masterpiece, showcasing the artistry and expertise of winemaker Pierre Seillan. With its stunning deep garnet-purple color and a label that exudes elegance, it is a wine that demands attention.

The 2018 Verite Le Desir is predominantly crafted from Cabernet Franc, with 82% of this noble grape variety. It is complemented by 12% Merlot and 6% Malbec, resulting in a harmonious blend that highlights the unique characteristics of each varietal. The grapes are carefully selected from the Sonoma appellation, known for producing exceptional wines with a distinct sense of place.

Upon pouring, the wine unveils a tantalizing bouquet of blackberry, violet, and crushed stone. These aromas entice the senses, promising a sensory journey like no other. On the palate, the wine delivers on its promise, revealing pure fruit flavors that are both reserved and tensioned. It is full-bodied, with firm and tight tannins that add structure and depth. The tannins spread across the palate, integrating seamlessly and creating a chewy texture that is both pleasing and intriguing.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive score of 97 points, describing it as a structured and almost steely wine. He notes the tightness of the wine and recommends cellaring it until at least 2024 to fully appreciate its potential. Jeb Dunnuck also lauds the wine, giving it a score of 98 points and praising its elegance, purity, and perfect balance. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate joins in the acclaim, awarding it 97+ points and highlighting its fresh acidity, preserved red and black fruits, and lingering peppery finish.

The 2018 Verite Le Desir is a wine that exemplifies the art of winemaking. Its complexity, finesse, and potential for aging make it a true collector's item. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for years to come, this wine promises an extraordinary experience that will leave a lasting impression.