Black-hearted and inky. Unusual, rather floral nose with Asian spice. Fresh and supple and just a little malty on the palate but so much more lithe than most of the Pauillacs just tasted. Dry, powdery tannins but not drying. Actually relatively silky. Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com
Jancis Robinson MWScore: 17/20
A very dark curranty nose continuing on the palate which also features bitter dark chocolate with underlying sloe and damson. JUST manages to stay juicy (as opposed to dried) but only just.
The Cos-Labory has tended to be the whipping boy of Saint Estèphe in recent years, but I am pleased to say this has a better bouquet with clean black fruit and an almost Burgundian-like sense of minerality. The palate is medium-bodied with a grippy entry. It has good weight and ends rather dry on the finish. In the end, the palate does not quite meet the promise of the nose...but it is a start. Tasted April 2012. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com
Neal MartinScore: 84-86/100