*Cellar Selection* It was powerful and dense at en primeur, and it hasn’t changed since. This is firm, concentrated and very structured, perhaps extracted, showing the full force of blackberry and sweet wood flavors and dark tannins. Long-term aging needed.
Very aromatic with blueberry, mineral and dried mint. Full body, with super velvety texture with wonderful fruit and a balanced finish. Beautiful tannins. So wonderful to taste now but another three or four years will be better. Try in 2016.
Bright medium ruby. Aromas of blueberry, violet pastille, licorice, tobacco and camphor. High-pitched, pure and fresh, with the black fruit and violet notes carrying through in the mouth. Finishes firmly tannic but not hard. This has good balance for aging. (An earlier sample, which I rated 87 points, showed aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate, mocha and nutty oak and a chewy, saline quality to its soil-driven dark fruit flavors. It seemed both more extractive and less vibrant, finishing with building, toothcoating tannins that turned a bit dry with air.) 89 points
Slightly chunky in style, displaying a firm, singed apple wood frame to the core of plum and anise notes. Medium-weight, with a flash of briar on the finish. A bit shy on stuffing in the end, as the firm toast wins out. Drink now through 2020. (Web-2013)
A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this wine exhibits sweet tannin, medium body and blue and black fruits intermixed with underbrush, licorice, cedar and spice box in a medium-bodied, elegant style with moderate tannin. Forget it for several years and Drink it over the following decade.
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