(2016) Served blind. Fine colour, rim showing a lovely brick hue. Very fine nose, pure black fruit but meaty and dense with great richness and some fruitcake spices. The palate has lovely fruit sweetness, richness, and fantastic spice. A gamy quality but not leathery - stays beautifully sweet fruited and long. No UK stockists at time of review, but wine-searcher shows various older vintages.
(2016) The first vintage from this 2.5 hectare estate that neighbours Lascombes, vines on average 41 years old, but some plots 80 years old. This Grand Vin sees 100% new oak, and this was a barrel sample. Real perfume here, a lovely floral character that has real lift and buoyancy, with great purity to the black fruit, very fine, very scented and aromatic, and the tannins are very silky and fine. Lovely balance. Should be available in autumn 2016. Score is provisional.
(2016) Lovely hint of warmth on this – just easing close to maturity. Deep, earthy and spicy, the cedar and meaty character is lovely, then onto the palate it fills the mouth with substantial creamy fruit, a big scaled wine, plenty of depth and power, but not without charm – little subtle floral and cherry notes, and a sweetness matched to the acidity and solid, creamy tannins.
(2016) Much more pure black fruit essence on the nose compared to the 2009, and a very solid youthful colour. Cedar and gentle spices, and little violet and herb notes, but very ripe, very black fruited. A really substantial wine, great concentration and intensity, the tannins very fine, but grippy and lovely acid freshness. A terrific wine, great concentration and purity.
(2016) A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, there's a good depth of colour here and the aromas are vinous and rich, black vine fruits, a savoury graphite edge and both some meaty bottom notes and traces of floral top notes. In the mouth its a substantial but fresh young Bordeaux, the dry tannins obviously ripe and the cherry-skin acidity bright, but the solidity and weight of the fruit and already integrated oak is impressive again.
(2011) Fabulous, enticing nose with such a dark-hued pool of bramble and black plum, with some herbal and olive edges and a lovely sense of depth and intensity. The palate is tight and youthful of course, the oak adding a creaminess and the tannins steely. Beneath there is a fine quality and depth to the fruit, this has energy and vitality, with a real juiciness in the finish. A wine with real potential to score higher than its current
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