The color is rich and full with deep red highlights.
Lovely red fruit, showing ripeness and a mixture of subtly toasty, truffly aromas mingled with hints of spices and the forest floor -- quite complex even at this early stage.
A touch lively on the attack but agreeably firm and rounded as it develops on the palate, with no trace of hardness.
Lovely, fairly elegant substance showing silky, persistent but unaggressive tannins. Somewhat firm on the finish for the time being but with all the signs of a great wine that will improve with age: elegant, refined and mouth-watering.
"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.
"Tightly held by its oak, this lean black wine takes hours of aeration before it reveals scents of Asian spice and violets. The fruit transitions from tart to fresh while the tannic blackness begins to hint at strawberries and minerals. It's light, velvety and long. Open it eight to ten years from the vintage."
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