In many respects, the 2002 may be even more impressive than the 2003. A far more challenging vintage to get everything right, and especially in St.-Emilion, where many disappointments have been produced, this is one of the wines of the vintage and (along with Pavie) among the finest wines from the Right Bank. It possesses a deep purple color as well as a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis, blackberries, wet stones, and wonderfully perfumed floral notes. When the wine hits the palate, it exhibits impressive purity, medium to full body, a multi-layered texture, and extraordinary precision and intensity with a finish just short of 50 seconds. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2035. (RP)
Saturated ruby-red. Explosive aromas of blackberry, minerals, violet, espresso and bitter chocolate. Fine-grained and pliant but with terrific precision of flavor and grip. Finishes juicy and very long, with substantial dusty tannins and excellent life and lift. (ST)
Beautiful blackberry and decadent aromas of meat and earth. Full-bodied, with velevty tannins and a rich, long finish. Should develop really nicely in the bottle. Tight. Best after 2007.
Dark layered crimson. Graphite and minerally nose that seemed almost Rhône-like. Very dry finish. Still youthful with quite sweet fruit. After 24 hours the nose was not that fresh but there was certainly substance there. This was the most ‘modern’ of this range. Slightly drying on the end. 17.5/20 points. Drink to 2030.
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