92–94. Barrel sample. This concentrated wine is packed with new wood as well as dark chocolate flavors. The palate is dense with bitter, extracted coffee flavors, but balanced by lively, lingering acidity.
Demoted in 1996, losing its classed growth status, the Despagne family set to work to get back on top, which was achieved in 2006. By 2004, they were on a roll, making a powerfully rich wine, with a good texture, spice from the Cabernet Franc, and some firm, dark tannins, layered with wood.
François Despagne has certainly pulled this property together after it lost Grand Cru Classé status in 1996. The 2000 shows real class and style. It has plenty of new wood flavors, but they are well judged and have been used to support the solid fruit and black tannins. It is developing fast, but the tannins are there to allow it to age.