91 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2006
($70) Closed but refined nose suggests soft citrus fruits and new oak. Then rounder and sweeter than the Charmes, with ripe acids framing the silky, fat citrus flavors. Plenty of incipient spicy complexity here. Full but not the least bit heavy. The longest 2004 in the cellar to this point.
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