A mix of Vosne spice and wood spice adds nuance to the dense dark black cherry aromas that complement the rich, concentrated, sweet and intense full-bodied flavors that are moderately structured, complex and palate staining. The dusty finish displays a solid but ripe tannic spine and this should age well over the mid-term, which is to say over the next 10 years.
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 1st Quarter, 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Exhibits plenty of spicy oak, along with macerated cherry, plum and licorice. It's balanced, if sharp and peppery, and shows class, with a long finish. Needs time for all the components to come together.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18
Vines planted in 1960, 1990, 1995 and 2000. About 50% new oak. Exceptionally youthful looking. Deep purplish crimson. Whereas the nose is extremely developed and smells almost like powdered soup ' very savoury, very umami - there is a wonderful spread of violets and quite delicate flavours on the palate. The most discreet of frameworks is in the background. But you could enjoy this wine now too. Very fresh, clean and energetic. Sucky-stone effect on the finish.
Magnum was opened just before dinner. The wine has a deep colour. It was closed initially but gradually opened up and evolved over the next hour. The nose is of black fruits and still very primary. The palate is medium-bodied, well balanced and with moderate complexity. There is good structure but the tannins are well-integrated. The length is on the short side.