Good deep medium ruby. Wonderfully perfumed, fresh aromas of blackberry, raspberry, licorice, spices and violet pastille. Brilliantly pure and energetic, with outstanding flavor intensity and inner-mouth perfume. Still an infant today, with primary black fruits dominating. But this has the spicy, floral perfume of the greatest vintages of this wine. The ripely tannic, palate-saturating finish is wonderfully long and vibrant. "Our most beautiful vintage since 1990," notes Mitjavile.
Robert Parker 97
Tasted single blind at Southwold. This showed even better than the bottle Francois opened in September. Tasted blind, it has a wily seductive, Merlot-driven nose that is just so pure with scents of violets and blueberries. The palate makes a grand entrance, real depth and immense concentration here, superb acidity, spicy dark cherry, cranberry, raspberry fruit laced with espresso and Asian spice. Seamless tannins on the finish. Iron fist/velvet glove blahâ€¦blahâ€¦blahâ€¦Drink 2012-2035. Tasted January 2009.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2035
Tasted blind. Healthy glowing dark crimson. Heady, very Merlot nose. Sweet start and then gives way to acidity and fine tannins. This could already give pleasure if served with food.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2034