($30-$46) Good medium ruby-red. Explosive nose combines cherry liqueur, woodsmoke, flowers and smoke. Sweet, fat and pliant but juicy and perfumed. Has the inner-mouth aromatic complexity and complete flavor development one would expect from a cool site that benefitted from a very warm growing season and harvest. Very sexy wine, finishing with big, palate-dusting tannins and excellent length.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2003
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88
Lots of crushed berry, flower and vanilla aromas follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a balanced finish. 3,080 cases made.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
This property has been on a roll over the last 4-5 years, producing progressive-styled, deeply-colored St.-Emilions offering loads of concentrated, sweet, ripe black currant and cherry fruit infused with notes of toasty oak, licorice, and spice box. It is hard to imagine the 2000 will turn out better than the 1998, but it is in the same class, with more muscle, delineation, and tannic clout. Dense, full-bodied, thick, and juicy, with impressive purity, an expansive mouthfeel, and a long, concentrated finish, it will be at its finest between 2007-2016. P.S. This wine still sells at realistic prices ... consumers take note.