New wood, sweet fruit, blackberry and plum skin flavors are all here in this round, ripe wine, with its soft, dusty tannins and delicious fresh acidity. This property has certainly joined the big league in Margaux.
It was powerful and dense at en primeur, and it hasn’t changed since. This is firm, concentrated and very structured, perhaps extracted, showing the full force of blackberry and sweet wood flavors and dark tannins. Long-term aging needed.
92-94 Barrel sample. Rich, ripe, elegant fruit is balanced with spice, ripe tannins and some new wood. For a young wine, this is already well balanced, but that's a positive, considering the density of the flavors.
This château has seen a big investment in recent years and it has paid off. Despite its modern, polished style evidenced by a generous use of new wood, it retains the proper charm of a Margaux, with the fruit floating elegantly over the wood and the tannins.
This is a wine that needs time. It has been made with firm tannins and some toasty wood over the ripe fruit of 2003, but at this stage, it is more about structure than opulence. That said, though, this is going to be a very fine wine in about five years. It is a powerful expression of the year, and if drunk now, should be decanted.