Dense ruby/purple, with notes of crushed rock, blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with some licorice and chocolate, this full-bodied, massive wine from proprietor Philippe Cuvelier coincides with the resurrection of this premier grand cru classé in St.-Emilion. As the wine sits in the glass, notes of espresso roast and chocolate emerge. This full-bodied classic should continue to drink well for another 25 years. This is a killer effort.
A perfumed, sweet wine, immediately attractive. Behind this friendly exterior is a dark core of firm tannins, along with spice, blackberries, and new wood—not too much, just right. This chateau is firmly back on form.
Features a lovely smoldering feel, with the currant and fig paste notes now melded seamlessly with apple wood and graphite details. Long and rich, this is starting to hint at a secondary phase, showing flashes of mulled spice, tobacco and tar. The structure has brightness and energy, but moves slowly to the background. Approachable now.—Blind '01/'03/'05 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2017). Drink now through 2035. 3,833 cases made.
Meaty, sweet nose and lots of energy. Pretty new school but not exaggerated. Should make a satisfying mature whole, but it’s a bit harsh on the end now. Jancis Robinson
Young, but it's impossible not to find the potential in the glass here. Dark in color, with powerful, but refined tannins. The wine is elegant, regal, full bodied and loaded with licorice, dark plums, cherries, earth and truffle. Another 5 years will add a lot to this wine.
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