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Author: Jancis Robinson
Deep ruby with strong brick flavours. Very chunky and not nearly as ready as La Mission. Still very tannic and chewy and uncharming for the moment. Should get there eventually.
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Author: Robert Parker
This wine continues to be backward, but the bouquet is beginning to develop secondary nuances from roasted herbs and sweet cigar tobacco to compost, leathery notes, along with plenty of sweet cherry and black currant fruit. I had somewhat higher hopes for it a decade ago. The wine is still youthful, quite pure, medium to full-bodied, but somewhat elevated, austere tannins in the finish at age 16 are starting to make me think they will never become fully integrated. As always, making a judgment call on a wine destined to have a half-century of life is sometimes difficult, given the varying stages it goes through, but I wonder if this wine will turn out to be as profound as I once predicted.
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 02/26/2011
little light for a haut brion but absolutely wonderful wine with plenty of life left in it. 95 easy in my book....
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/15/2009
Drink Dates: 2008+
Compared favorably to the 1985.
Trust Rating: 71
Tasted On: 01/19/2009
Ruby in color. Low rim variation. Fast legs. Black currant (cassis), Game. Medium bodied. Smooth texture. Long finish.
Trust Rating: 14
Tasted On: 12/24/2008
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