Deep ruby in colour, with aromas of redcurrants, tobacco and smoke, the palate has good weight which is juicy and fresh, plums, damson and redcurrants come across on the palate with a supple smokiness from the oak. The tannins are firm but balanced and provide support and structure. Expected drinking window: 2010-2018. 91 Points Stephen Tanzer. 16.5/20 Jancis Robinson.
This brilliant blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Merlot (which was harvested very late) reveals complex aromas of lead pencil shavings, burning embers, black currants, cherries, and blackberries as well as a subtle smoky charcoal component. Medium to full-bodied and spicy with sweet tannin and an opulent, fleshy personality, it is a terrific effort from this great Pessac-Leognan vineyard. Consume it now and over the next 15+ years. 91 Points erobertparker.com