A wine with seeming universal appeal. It's medium to full, with a finely textured palate full of interesting olive, coffee, spice, herbs and garrigue. It has firm, proper acidity to offset any weight or pudginess, and the finish is long and layered. Drinkable now but easily ageable for another 5 years.
An excellent effort from young Emmanuel Darnaud, offering good richness and texture to go with pepper-laden cherry aromas. It’s plump and mouthfilling—especially for a 2004—with silky tannins on the lingering finish. Drink now–2015.