(2010 Vintage) Full-bodied, dense purple in color, with floral notes intermixed with blackberries, cassis, graphite and spring flowers, this full-bodied, legendary effort is long and opulent, with wonderfully abundant yet sweet tannin, a skyscraper-like mid-palate and a thrilling, nearly one-minute finish.
Nose is light terroir/St. Julian, old leather, anis, heavy tannins, dry, black pepper. Good, not remarkable.
Not as good as it should be. Especially at a retail price.
Always a tad disappointed by saint julien!
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2003 Vintage) Another wine from St. Julien that caught our attention, this one is deep, ripe, curranty and full of Cabernet flavor. We also like Chateau Branaire-Ducru and Chateau Talbot from the same commune. The Cabernet based wines from the communes north of Bordeaux seemed to have fared extremely well. This wine and Branaire-Ducru rate 90 points and up while the Talbot should be a reasonable value, if its price does not escalate, in the 88-90 point range
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/06
Wine Spectator(2009 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/11/2012
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2002 Vintage) Lovely aromas of cassis and rich oak set the stage for the solid, well-filled flavors that follow, and amidst the wine's ongoing themes of blackcurrants lie glimmers of graphite, briar and loam. Medium-full-bodied, well-ripened and fairly solid in feel, it is at once both supple and still slightly edgy with acids and tannins meeting up at the finish. Its last-minute toughness is easily forgiven as a failing of mere youth, and five or six years of patience will allow it to smooth and to knit more ...
Decanter(2001 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Big, deep colour that sticks to the glass. Slightly tanky and firm nose, lots of ripe cassis fruit but also quite high acidity. Very good extraction and ripeness, needs time to settle down. (Tasted en primeur)