Saturated ruby. Perfumed, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, tar and licorice. Lush and pliant on entry, then dry and classic in the middle palate. Nicely balanced, persistent wine but the tannins turned a bit dry as the wine opened in the glass. Is there enough balancing sweetness here? Certainly this is succulent and fresh.
Tasted blind. Mid crimson. Something a bit agricultural on the nose. Quite dense with the Margaux perfume struggling to emerge. Lightly tarry end. A bit ungainly.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028
Robert Parker 90
A sleeper of the vintage, this well-known, non-classified growth is a deep ruby/purple-colored effort revealing notions of roasted meats, black truffles, licorice, and loamy earth. Sweet tannin, a rich, chocolaty, black currant fruitiness, medium to full body, and terrific freshness and vibrancy provide a gorgeous early appeal. It will be even better in 3-4 years, and should last for 15 or more.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2023