(a 65/35 blend of merlot and cabernet franc; 3.77 pH; 14.3% alcohol) Deep ruby. Spicy violet and white pepper lift the ripe blackberry and vanilla aromas. Enters bright, juicy and straightforward, but then turns very tannic toward the back, giving the red and black fruit flavors a tinge of bitterness on the lingering finish. There's plenty of fruit here, so the tannins may well harmonize with aging. From a parcel of vines situated on clay over limestone, right in front of Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse.