I tasted this beauty out of cask in september 2001 with Laurence Feraud: it is packed with silky, fine but enormous intense fruit, great depth, very ripe tannins, very complex with an aftertaste of almost a minute. Compared with the 1998 it is at this stage of evolution more feminine, finer, but at the same high level of quality : It is going to be A GREAT WINE, too - just like its older brother 1998 !
Powerfully aromatic with tons of red fruit leaping out of the glass, backed by complicating notes of leather and earth. Palate was perfectly balanced, wonderful texture, lengthly finish and deep fruit. Obviously this will develop further, yet this is tough to resist now. Wish I had more.
I visited the domaine in June of 2003. I hadn't intended to buy anything because I had already bought as much Cuvee Reservee as I could carry from their tasting room in the village. Laurence poured a sample of this wine and I had to have it. Tasting notes? Read the previous reviews, only more so! I can't think of many wines like this, that you can either drink immediately or 20 years from now.
Full of stewed fruit, sweet, tannic and unbalanced. This wine is hugely expensive and essentially delivered no pleasure. 16 serious wine drinkers sitting around a table failed to finish their glasses out of a single bottle. Certainly the wine is a statement, but what is the value of the statement? Personally, this is a wine I will actively avoid.
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