The Wine Advocate - Jeb Dunnuck - December 30, 2014
95 Points "A blockbuster Saint Joseph that’s up there with the crème de la crème of the appellation, the 2012 Saint Joseph Sainte Epine offers awesome notes of crème de cassis, toasted spice, licorice and vanilla bean. Slightly modern styled, (it was aged in 40% new and 60% 2- to 3-year-old barrels), with full-bodied richness and a decadent, layered style, it stays firmly planted in the Northern Rhone with a granite-influenced minerality, beautiful purity and building tannin. This beauty will have two decades of longevity."
Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - October 15, 2014
93 Points "Delivers a core of blueberry compote, plum sauce and melted black licorice notes that have yet to resolve fully. Ample ganache and graphite elements hold the finish down for now. This should meld and stretch out with midterm cellaring. An impressive effort from winemaker Jacques Grange."
International Wine Cellar - Josh Raynolds - April 01, 2014
91-93 Points "Inky purple. The nose displays intense, smoke-laced cherry and cassis scents, along with suggestions of olive, black pepper and Indian spices. Silky and sweet on entry, them firmer in the mid-palate, offering chewy dark fruit flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Closes extremely long and spicy, with mounting tannins and a touch of bitter chocolate. "This wine is always strong in tannins and will age almost as slowly as an Hermitage," according to co-winemaker Claire Darnaud."