Only 850 cases were made in 2003, the lowest production ever at this estate. The blend was 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot (the Merlot was baked in the heat of June, July and August). This wine has a 92- to 93-point bouquet, but only an 87-point palate. The complexity of the Cabernet Franc component provides a gorgeous nose of new saddle leather, forest floor, sous-bois, blueberries and black currants. Lush, attractive and beautifully fruity on the attack, it fades in the mouth, and lacks the depth and texture to back up the exquisite aromatics and entry. This fully mature 2003 is a success in this appellation that experienced many difficulties. (RP)
Lots of jammy fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. This is very thick. Slightly one-dimensional for the château, but outstanding. Best after 2007.
Mid garnet. Leafy, fresh graphite. Quite sweet, almost dried-fruited on the palate but not overly ripe. Lively, fine grained and finishes fresh and juicy. (JH)
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