(From 2006 Vintage) The weather in June was fine. The month of July was torrid and cause for concern. Crop-thinning was carried out so as to leave 4 to 6 bunches per vine at Ducru Beaucaillou and 6 to 8 bunches per vine at Lalande Borie. The first and limited leaf-pulling was done over the entire vineyard: to ensure that the clusters were properly ventilated. While still being protected from too much exposure to the sun that could burn them. Atlantic weather prevailed in August. It was moderately hot, with some showers during the last two weeks of the month. The first fortnight of September was sunny, even torrid, with temperatures exceeding 30 °C. This favoured the quick maturation of the Merlots which developed record levels of sugar, identical to those attained in 2005 and 2003. The Cabernets Sauvignons ripened later. Extensive leaf-pulling was carried out around the clusters so that they could fully benefit from the tender September sunshine and thus attain full maturity. This also ensured the proper airing of the berries and prevented the development of botrytis.
Supple yet full-bodied, a typically fine Saint Julien that needs 8-10 years to reveal its rich and fruity, elegant flavors of cassis, vanilla and ripe blackberries.
dec2011~ Appearance: clarity: clear Intensity: medium(+) Color: Garnet other observation: legs Nose: Condition: Clean Intensity: medium Development: Fully developed Aroma char: blackcherry, leather, coffee Palate: Dry medium acidity medium (+) tannin medium alcohol medium (+) body flavor intensity: medium flavor char: blackcherry, coffee, leather, mushroom (?) length: long Quality: very good readiness: drink now (but had potential for ageing??)
Wine Spectator(From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/2009
Robert Parker(From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/21/2009
Robert Parker(From 2008 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2009