(2011 Vintage) The nose is attractive, with rather fresher fruitiness than we are used to finding. The balance, almost to the millimetre, between red berry fruit and spiciness from the oak, but still not fully integrated. The aromas display marked dimorphism: on the one hand, the fruit is complex, hard to define, and on the other we have the very sharply defined spices: black pepper, cloves, vanilla and a touch of charcoal minerality. The retronasal phase sees the spices, a little drier, gaining in predominance, but more elegant and much richer in subtle nuances. The fruit only comes back after a few seconds in the aftertaste where we again find red berries and something similar to ripe peaches and plums.
On the eye, it reveals more red than purplish hues in the meniscus and displays excellent acidity, boding well for a highly promising future.The wine closely reflects the growing conditions of the vintage and so appears balanced, full- and smooth-bodied, surprisingly pleasant and "well-behaved" on the palate given that it is still only three years' old and comes from a zone which normally needs more bottle time. That said, we can make allowances for a few small sharp edges in the middle palate which will soon be polished.
Robert Parker(2004 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 06/10/2010
Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 00/00/0
Robert Parker(2005 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 06/10/2010
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/2007
Robert Parker(2003 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/01/2007