Good dark red. Wilder on the nose than the Saint-Georges, offering black cherry, dark chocolate, smoke and a whiff of game. Wonderfully sweet in the mouth but youthfully closed, with a medicinal menthol note supporting the impression of power. Can't quite match the Saint-Georges today for complexity or personality, but this is also very convincing on the back end. And this too calls for six or seven years of cellaring.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2009
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Hidden nose at the moment and lots of solidity underneath. Difficult to read and just slightly surly, though on the basis of how well the lesser wines taste this should certainly reveal itself with time.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Burghound | Rating: 93
This is equally pure though less elegant and much more sauvage in character with much more deeply pitched earthy and gamy dark berry fruit aromas that precede the rich, sweet and vibrant flavors that culminate with good detail and a focused finish that exudes controlled power. This possesses excellent potential and this is a bit finer than it usually is with dense but fine tannins and a touch of backend wood. One rarely hears finesse and Vaucrains in the same sentence but this is one such exception.