I like the core of fruit and cedary, berry and plum character. It’s full bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a racy finish. Very well done for Carruades. Best after 2013.
A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the 2008 exhibits graphite, sandalwood, black and red currant, chocolate and damp earth characteristics in its elegant, medium to full-bodied, fresh, lively personality. It is a delicious, luscious, already evolved wine to drink over the next 15+ years.
90-92 Barrel sample. Smooth and ripe, with some softness as befits a second wine. The fruit is open, ripe, generous. The effect is of a fruity Merlot based wine, with just enough weight.
Still quite tight, with taut cedar, tangy damson plum and cherry pit notes around the edges, while the core of red cherry and fig has yet to fill in fully. There's a lean-edged finish as well. Might fill in a touch with cellaring, but a gamble. Drink now through 2014.
Medium intensity showing some evolution. Pretty light nose. A bit of rawness on the finish. Second wine? Doesn’t really hang together. Jancis Robinson
Dark, ripe, forest berries with hint of cedar. Elegantly woven and well balanced red with layers of flavours. Reserved at the moment but all the components show potential to open/age. Wonderfully knit tannins with fairly long finish.~Jeannie Cho Lee tasted in 2009
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