Proust noted that hail damage ruined about 15% of the crop but that Bouchard took no chances and declassified about 50% of the total. Relatively strong reduction dominates the nose though there is ample body and richness to the suave yet precise flavors that exude a fine minerality on the very ripe finish that offers excellent volume if less complexity than usual. This is also extremely ripe and some, including me, will likely find it to be a bit too much so.
Good deep red. Subdued but pure aromas of black cherry, minerals and sweet oak spices. Rich, round and sweet, but with good menthol reserve to its black cherry and spice flavors. This distinctly spherical wine will require at least four or five years to harmonize its faint finishing tartness. (ST) 91+
Spice and mocha, sweet toasty oak (60-80% new) over dark peppery fruit. Fine balance between density and freshness. Supple and spicy. Tannins add freshness too. Lingers. (JH)
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