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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009
($325) Bright medium ruby. Exotic aromas of black cherry, licorice, menthol and maple syrup, but with the wine's fruit currently suppressed by sheer superripeness. Then dense, thick and chocolatey in the mouth, with a port-like roasted quality carrying through this large-scaled wine. Sweet but not exactly fruity owing to its extreme ripeness. Finishes with serious, slightly rough tannins. Can't match the 2007 for energy. Fans of sheer size will rate this higher than I have. Incidentally, Philippe Melka vinified this wine and Mark Aubert bottled it; Aubert's first vinification here was 2007.