A strong, solid effort... exhibits a deep ruby/plum colour in addition to a sweet perfume of mulberries, blackcurrants, jammy cherries, vanilla and damp earth. With good power and more depth than many Medocs as well as the estate’s hallmark finesse and elegance, this excellent, possibly outstanding wine possesses sweet tannin and more mid-palate depth than many of its peers. 89-91 points, Robert Parker (erobertparker.com).
Nose of black fruits, spices and refined oak. Fine-grained tannins. Black fruits on the palate... Wonderful freshness. Round and seductive. Gilbert & Gaillard (France).
…outstanding density of fruit with currant, blueberry and raspberry character. Full-bodied, compressed and tight. Fine tannins. James Suckling (jamessuckling.com).
…ripe, soft blackberry, smoke and tobacco personality… finishes with soft, polished fruits. Jeff Leve (thewinecellarinsider.com).
Soft, elegant, juicy wine. Very nice balance… generous flavours of plums and cassis with hint of violets in the finish. Well-crafted red. Jeannie Cho Lee, MW (asianpalate.com).
Small but mighty, the appellation of St.-Julien, on Bordeaux’s Left Bank, has long enjoyed a reputation for exceptional quality and consistency. Compared to its neighbours in Bordeaux, St.-Julien produces the highest proportion of classified-growth wines, with more than three-quarters of the vineyards devoted to top-ranked producers. They include several “Super Second” chateaux and many other outstanding classified growths and Cru Bourgeois. Saint-Julien wines are beautifully balanced, with a great richness, depth of colour, and elegance. Cabernet Sauvignon prevails, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc used for blending in the classic Bordeaux style.