76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot. 18 months in new French oak. Consultant Michel Rolland.Smoky and so dense there is little aroma at the moment but hints of ripe black fruit and some cassis leaf. Like its stablemate Clos Margalaine, very rich, very firm but a caricature of Margaux. Given the density and power of firm tannins in the middle it finishes surprisingly fresh however. (JH)
Author: Julia Harding MW
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88
Indian spice and plum tart aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with slightly earthy undertones, but also some interesting fruit character.
Author: James Suckling
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91
Ruby-red. Aromas of licorice, violet and minerals, with a peppery nuance. Tightly wound but fine-grained, with a cool restraint to the flavors of black fruits, violet and licorice. This spreads out nicely on the back end, with the serious chocolatey tannins reaching the front teeth. Good minerality contributes to the impression of structure. The property features 50% cabernet and 50% merlot by acreage, but this 2006 blend is 75% cabernet.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2007
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
This is a quintessentially elegant Margaux, with a dense ruby/purple color and notes of charcoal, cassis, a hint of smoking embers, and a subtle touch of spring flower garden. Dense on the palate with medium to full-bodied flavors, superb concentration, and moderate tannin, this wine requires patience, but is impeccably well-made as usual.