Robert Parker 96
Tasted single blind at FINE magazine’s vertical in Dusseldorf. This has a more floral bouquet where the oak needs more time to integrate. Black cherries, crushed stone, just a touch of cassis. With further aeration, there is a curious clayey note that transfers straight to the Pomerol vineyard. The palate is full-bodied, very concentrated with pure blackberry, macerated black cherries and a touch of lemon rind; very good tension towards the finish that does not quite have the peacocks tail at the moment. That will come with time. Tasted February 2011.