(1996 Vintage) Ruby-red. Deep aromas of cassis, roasted plum, animal fur and graphite. Velvety in texture but with a powerful underlying structure. Very strong on the back end, which features substantial tongue-dusting tannins and subtle finishing flavor.
International Wine CellarRating: 92(+?) - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 78, May/June 1998 Ruby-red, not quite as deep as the '96. Exotic, sweet aromas of currant, lead pencil, spice and woodsmoke. A huge wine that conveys a sense of sheer power, but not quite as delineated or stylish as the '96. This really explodes on the aftertaste, but the '96 is more subtle. Clearly first-growth size, but less fine than the '96.
Robert ParkerRating: 95/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 115
Wine AdvocateRating: (95-97) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 104 on Apr-96
Wine SpectatorRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/07