(1996 Vintage) 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Average vine age is 37 years. In order to retain the advantage of older vines, the renewal of the vines is not done in lots, but periodically throughout the vineyard. Each vine that is replaced is identified by a yellow plastic ring, making them easily identifiable so they can be harvested before the main harvest in order to avoid any confusion. This isolation of the young vines continues for 8 years. The 124 acres produce around 20,000 cases.
Wine Spectator(1996 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/31/1999
Robert Parker(1996 Vintage) Rating: 99/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 06/25/2000
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/28/07