($157) Good deep ruby-red. Knockout nose combines black fruits, minerals and coffee. Richer and more tactile than the Charmes but not sweeter; more massive and powerful. This boasts very strong fruit without coming across as overly sweet or heavy. A wine of compelling length, with the well-buffered tannins coating the entire palate.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2005
Wine Spectator | Rating: 97
Intense, with mint and menthol aromas leading into blackberry, cassis and smoke flavors. Almost meaty, yet suave and refined, with ample flesh and a phalanx of ripe tannins and bright acidity for support. Long, sweet finish. 175 cases made.
Drink Dates: 2012-2025
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Burghound | Rating: 90
This is less elegant and much more aromatically somber than the Charmes but it's a bigger, richer, more powerful wine of terrific intensity, in fact this is breathtaking in its power and intensity. A very masculine wine that offers a very spicy finish though the flavor profile is a bit one-dimensional today If this adds complexity with bottle age, my score will seem conservative.