A deep purple, black colour. The nose has excellent definition: blackberry, cassis and a touch of liquorices. It has less weight and concentration than the millennial Dominus, yet it has superior balance and far more elegance. Crisp acidity, pure blackberry and cassis. Very focused and harmonious. Backward, I would leave this 5-8 years. Impressive. (NM)
Medium red-ruby. Spicy red- and blackcurrant, plum, currant leaf and mocha on the claret-like nose. Dense and rich, with spicy red berry and lightly floral flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Today one senses the wine's 13% Cabernet Franc component. Quite tightly coiled today; shows little sign of the roasted character shown by some '99s. Firmly tannic and very strong on the back end, with an almost medicinal austerity; very much a wine from small berries. This really needs at least seven or eight years of bottle aging; make sure to decant your bottle if you can't wait to pull the cork. Should ultimately merit a higher rating. (ST) 91+
Opens with herbal aromas of sage, dill and tobacco, with a vanilla, oaky note, so it’s surprising how rich it drinks. Sweet cassis is on the palate, framed in soft but intricate tannins.
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