88–90. Barrel sample. This is a concentrated wine with plenty of ripe, generous, extracted fruits. Dark berry flavors and a touch of chocolate on the mid palate make the wine intensely ripe and powerful. At the end, there is a fresher, juicier aftertaste.
Black plums fresh acidity combine with a good weight from dusty tannins and a good juicy undertow. The wine suggests a property on the way up, a marked improvement on previous vintages, with balance ripeness and aging potential.
Dark earth and tobacco spice the aromas of this grand cru, followed by flavors of black cherries and herbs. The Cabernet Franc portion shines clearly through as a distinctive weediness, but it’s somewhat balanced by roasted black cherries and only a hint of espresso-like oak.
A very dry, tannic wine, full of dense structure. The fruit can be found underneath all this dryness, a layer of hedgerow blackberries, tight and firm. At the end, there is some baked acidity.