Considerable depth of flavor here, with complex ripe tannins, topping the dense black fruits. There’s spice from the wood, some stalky tannins from the fruit, and an edge of youth that will need 3–4 years to show its potential.
Powered by wood and tight fruits, this is a wine with some potential. The tannins are solid, foursquare, but the fruit is ready to fill out the structure with sweetness and perfume. There is a final rich, juicy black currant character.
The aromas here are seriously woody, and that problem also appears on the palate. It has fruit, but the weight to balance is not there yet. This should develop over the next 4–5 years, but the wood is always going to be a major feature.
87–89. Barrel sample. This is a warm, open wine that’s gently tannic, and likely to age quickly. It has some spice, ripe black plums, and aftertaste that reveals some of its dry structure.
The Nony-Borie family is one group of families at the heart of the Bordeaux wine trade, and with this chateau they show a belief in the classic characters of Bordeaux. The wine is firm, tannic, with true black currant flavors and some solid layers of wood. A very good benchmark Bordeaux. Imported by Bayfield Importing Ltd.