Owned by the Rouzaud family of Roederer Champagne, this has become a model Saint-Estèphe. It has all the initial tannins that dominate wines from this appellation. But it supports these tannins with elegant, ripely juicy black fruit and an addition of licorice sweetness. Age for 3-4 years.
90-92 Barrel sample. There are certainly elements of new wood here, while the fruit gives sweetness and ripeness. The tannins hover between high toast and ripe Cabernet. To finish, there is ripe, black and juicy fruit.
Hard, dark tannins, a good amount of wood and acidity—if that doesn’t sound initially promising, the ripe black berry juice and jam flavors come pushing through, creating a powerful, chunky wine.
This wine that shows the ripe tannins of Saint-Estèphe. It has a dry, dark core that’s surrounded by rich black currant fruit. Situated close to Calon-Ségur, this is a stylish selection that exudes power and structure.
A Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine, packed with tannins and flavors of new wood. The black fruits are rich from the vintage, warm and jammy. This is a wine with fine concentration, coming into balance, finishing with black currant acidity.
Deeper and more powerful than the ’95, with robust black currant, coffee, and cedar aromas and flavors. Rich, nicely balanced mouthfeel and a long, full finish with plenty of tannins. Hold for three to five years, or drink with very hearty fare.