Good bright, dark red. Very pure aromas of briary blueberry and piquant herbs; slightly medicinal in its austerity. Dense, rich and sweet but tightly wound and austere, with dominant flavors of briary black fruits and earth. The most obviously tannic and medicinal of the estate’s 2004s at this stage. Millet notes that de Vogue owns "an elegant part" of Bonnes-Mares. This will require extended aging.
Cool and reserved with restrained aromas of dark berry fruits, particularly blueberry with spice and earth undertones give way to rich, full and sweet flavors that are muscular and taut though there is currently a lovely suppleness to the mid-palate, which causes this to seem unduly forward yet the finish reminds one that we’re drinking Bonnes Mares as it simply explodes with huge amounts of dry extract and solid minerality. This seems to positively drench the palate in extract of dark berries yet this is dry and serious with plenty of structure and this will need 12 to 15 years to really show what the underlying material is capable of. This could very well surprise to the upside as the vibrancy and balance are very impressive.