(80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc; 3.45 pH; 100% new oak; 20 hectoliters per hectare; 14.7% alcohol) Good, deep ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of raspberry, strawberry, menthol and sage. The palate delivers great sweetness and richness, but with a compelling, penetrating quality to its precise, pristine red fruit and floral flavors. The seamless finish features great length and a lovely floral topnote.
Dark crimson. tarry, dry and intense and angst ridden with less obvious fruit than its stablemate Canon La Gaffelière, but very ambitious, very tarry and introvert.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038
Robert Parker 99
The 2010, a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc cropped at 20 hectoliters per hectare, is showing incredibly well, combining elegance, extraordinary creme de cassis and kirsch-like fruit, and notes of licorice, incense and vanillin in a fragrant, full-bodied, massively endowed style that is neither heavy nor overbearing. The freshness and overall precision of this wine reminds me stylistically of the brilliant 1998 as well as the 2000. This wine normally drinks well reasonably young, but I suspect the 2010 is going to require 5-7 years of cellaring and keep for 25-30+ years.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2048