An outstanding Duhart, certainly one of the best produced at this estate since the 1996, 1986, and 1982, this blend of 80.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19.5% Merlot reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of lead pencil intermixed with wet stones, black currants, and a certain leafiness. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, and dense, but tightly-knit, with considerable tannin, it will require patience. For those willing to wait, it will be a sleeper of the vintage.
Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Big, beefy, meat extract with lots of alcohol and lots there if a little earthbound. Full but a bit heavy.
Author: Jancis Robinson
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89
Bright ruby-red. Currant, shoe polish, currant leaf and nutty oak on the nose. Chunkier and fleshier than the Carruades de Lafite-in fact, almost rustic by comparison-but with firm supporting acidity. Rather backward wine that will need at least a few years of aging once it bottled.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2001
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90
Loads of plum, tobacco, meaty and cedary character on the nose. Full-bodied, with lots of chewy tannins and a long, luscious finish. This needs time to open. Closed now. 20,000 cases made.
Color is scarlet red, very little bricking. Great aroma. Starts a bit funky, blows off into dark red minerally Pauillac graphite flavors and aromas. Very elegant, midweight palate. Very little tannin left. Just enough acid. Good elegance and balance. Bit more substantial midpalate would have been nice. This is ready, but I think it could last 10 more years no problem because fruit is not waning.
Self | Rating: 92
It's like one of the best cubic zirconia's I've had...
Author: Adriel L
Self | Rating: 88
Straightforward and lightweight; no real complexity. Elegant with no noticeable flaws, but nothing special.
Self | Rating: 92
Wonderful nose of dark current. This wine has a nose that screams |BIG and BOLD|. On the palate the tannins are soft and silky smooth with a nice finish.