(1998 Vintage) On this superb Saint-Estèphe terroir, power is a given. There’s no need to add any more. The cellarmaster’s job is to preserve the softness in the tannins, the freshness of flavour and the natural character in the aromas. In short, he must respect the raw material picked from the vines. The wine is aged in new oak barrels for 18 to 20 months. Fining with natural egg whites was reintroduced a few years ago.
(1998 Vintage) It exhibits plenty of complexity in its earthy, truffle, black cherry, currant, plum, and herb-scented bouquet as well as flavors. Moderately tannic, with good weight, it is a classically-styled 1998.
Wine Spectator(2000 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/2003
Wine Advocate(1996 Vintage) Rating: (90-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 110 on Apr-97
Robert Parker(1996 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 122
Wine Spectator(1996 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/07
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/2006