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Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144
($250) Full ruby. Vibrant aromas of crushed blueberry and bitter chocolate are further brightened by a violet quality. Dense, sweet and lush, with terrific depth and freshness to its dark fruit, mineral and violet flavors. This is really creamy-rich for the vintage. Finishes with smooth, chocolatey tannins and outstanding palate-saturating length. It's hard to imagine how Hubert de Bouard managed to get such a deep, layered middle palate without any sign of overextracted tannins or heaviness, but he has managed this neat trick.
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Author: Jancis Robinson
Magnum. 42% Cabernet Franc, 58% Merlot. Bright crimson still. A strong, attractive mineral note on the nose. Very unctuous texture, almost heavy in the mouth! Quite a decadent style of wine. Lightly drying tannins on the finish. Long and warming. All stops are pulled out on this wine but it is not too much.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/17/2011
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/16/2009
Drink Dates: 2012-2030
Medium deep ruby purple, lighter than 2004. A rather closed nose. High tannin due to age. A bigger and stronger wine than 2004. Hint of toffee behind the black fruits. Stronger aftertaste than 2004, medium to long. I think the 2004 vintage has bigger potential than this one and 2006 will offer a more recent pleasure.
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