94(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2008
($522) Discreet aromas of minerals and menthol, with a suggestion of toast. Much less sweet and full in the mouth than the Batard; in fact, this youthfully closed wine shows a considerably cooler aspect and is characterized by citrus and rocky flavors. In the context of this cellar-or most others in '06 for that matter-this is like tasting a wine from another vintage.
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