(From 2007 Vintage) Medium bright ruby. Compellingly perfumed nose of boysenberry, cassis, graphite, licorice and violet. Suave on entry, then imploded in the middle and extremely slow to show itself. Very pure, understated black fruit, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors are like an essence of cabernet. Savory rather than particularly sweet: there's nothing easy or obvious about this wine today. A dry and classic style; the tannins are tight for a young Margaux but not hard, and the finishing flavors are vibrant and perfumed.
A very powerful, full-bodied, complex and extraordinary wine. The bouquet is already exceptionally rich and intense. The impression on the palate is of much concentration, fullness and suppleness. Such a balance is rare. Long lasting but already charming.
Robert ParkerRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 06/01/2000