(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.
Drink 2009-2030. Parker 94: " Bottled in July, 2005, the saturated ruby/purple-colored 2003 exhibits a tightly-knit, but promising nose of mulberries, blackberries, cherries, and hints of new oak and truffles. This 60% Cabernet Sauvignon / 40% Merlot blend possesses a gorgeous texture as well as an expansive, exotic softness, and 13% alcohol (according to the proprietor, Madame Denise Gasqueton). Generous and rich, this high class, full-bodied wine will undoubtedly be more approachable than its closest spiritual sibling, the 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030. "
Wine Spectator(2000 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/2003
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/2006
Robert Parker(2003 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2004
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