Good ruby-red. Nose offers hints of very ripe black fruits as well as a slightly weedy quality. Supple on entry, then a bit medicinal in the middle, with black fruit and herbal flavors and a faint gamey quality. Seems heavily extracted rather than truly fleshy. Finishes with broad, dusty, slightly dry tannins. The young 2006 struck me as more graceful.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Has an impressively dark color, with lots of crushed berry, mineral and licorice aromas that follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Racy and tight, with beautiful tannins.
Author: James Suckling
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 15
Tar and liquorice on the nose. Sweet and rich with severe dryness on the finish. Painful dry tannins on the finish.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
The issue I had with this wine's rusticity and high tannin level in barrel has been resolved. There is no doubting its serious concentration, dense ruby/purple color, and attractive aromatics (blackberries, cassis, creosote, spring flowers, and licorice). It offers plenty of body and concentration as well as relatively high tannins. While impressively structured and backward, the finish reveals sweet yet powerful tannins. The finest Dauzac ever made, it should be at its peak between 2016-2030.