Robert Parker 93
A powerhouse effort from this small classified growth St.-Julien estate, the 2003’s thick, unctuous-looking purple color is accompanied by an explosive perfume of cigar tobacco, melted licorice, incense, creme de cassis, and spice box. Opulent, full-bodied, and rich with firm tannin and higher glycerin and alcohol than usual, it should be cellared for 4-5 years and enjoyed over the following two decades.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030
Mid to deep garnet. Tea leaf and some undergrowth. Much more fluid on the palate than many of these thick-textured wines. Tannins are dry but there’s still some fruit in the middle. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2008-2015