Here the wood is quite generous, indeed it dominates the nose at present and fights with the otherwise fresh and distinctly earthy red and dark berry fruit aromas. There is excellent richness to the very round, ripe and mouth coating flavors that enjoy an abundance of dry extract that buffers the firm tannins on the impressively long finish. My score offers the benefit of the doubt that the oak will in fact successfully integrate in time.
Sweeter, riper and more spice than the Charmes. More spice and oak more evident. Savoury, spiced cherry finish. Denser and more powerful than the Charmes but less charming, certainly a bit more chewy. Same fresh juicy fluidity even with the greater power that underlies it. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030