($95) Full, deep ruby-red. Wilder aromas of plum, flint and smoky oak, with a cooler suggestion of menthol. Sweeter on first blush than the Pavots but with less depth to the flavors of cherry and brown spices. Finishes broad and rich, but with rougher tannins than the suaver flagship Bordeaux blend. (Incidentally the tasting note published for the L'Esprit des Pavots in Issue 132 should have been for the 2004 vintage.)Author: Stephen Tanzer
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