Tasted at the Medoc UGC and from a sample tasted at home. This has a tight, but well defined bouquet with blackberry, raspberry leaf, cedar and a touch of violets. Bright and lively. The palate is full-bodied with a juicy, fruit-driven entry, but then the tannins on the back palate show that this Haut-Medoc has good backbone. Well-balanced, lovely grainy black fruits infused with tobacco on the persistent finish. This is an excellent, very “classic” Haut-Médoc and a great 2009. Tasted March 2010.
Neal MartinScore: 90-92/100
A wine, with sliced plum and lemon character and hints of lemon grass on the nose and palate. Medium-to-full body, with fresh acidity and a clean finish. Try after 2016. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
James SucklingScore: 90/100
Black red, concentrated blackcurrant fruit, slightly smoky, very rich and terrific natural depth, fragrant and succulent on the palate, floral, fleshy and firm with fine vineyard definition. Drink 2014-20
Very dark purple. Attractive freshness on the nose. Very lively and very polished. What’s not to like if you’re looking for a relatively easily maturing good value claret?
Jancis Robinson MWScore: 16/20
Elegant raspberry, red and black currant, and earthy, loamy underbrush and soil tones make for a very attractive and fragrant bouquet. This ripe, medium to full-bodied wine should drink well for 10-15+ years. Wine Advocate.February, 2012
Robert ParkerScore: 89/100