1990 was the first vintage (4,756 cases produced) and one of the most abundant before the replanting became essential because of phylloxera, and was again made at Robert Pepi. However, the percentage of Cabernet Franc jumped to 10% in the final blend. Mia Klein, who worked with Tony Soter, was part of the winemaking team. This wine performed beautifully, and had that Château Margaux-like finesse, elegance and richness. Beautiful blackcurrant notes, graphite, rose petal and licorice, were all present in this deep ruby/plum-colored wine that came across like a Napa version of a first-growth Médoc. It is medium to full-bodied, with beautiful, integrated tannin, acidity and wood. This should continue to drink well for another 10-15-plus years (RP).
This is a vintage that confuses...yes, we like it, perhaps better than some other tasters, but supple wines with character go perfectly well with fowl or slow-cooked meats and mellow cheeses. And while it is a mature wine, it is not going to fall apart all that soon.
Still young and firm, this delivers spicy plum and chocolate flavors; it's polished, balanced and intense.
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