Brilliant, dense crimson with a little more oak evidence (the volume was down so the newer oak percentage increased slightly). Heaps of the signature red berries and spices and lots of weighty yet supple tannins as normal. Very well balanced, considering the dry growing conditions 14.5% alcohol.
Tasting notes by Andrew Caillard, MW - August 2007
Medium deep colour. Rich mocha/ pane forte aromas with some musky/ Turkish delight notes. Hint of herb garden. Dense chocolate wine with plenty of mocha/ pane forte/ musky flavours, malty oak and fine slinky dry tannins. Finishes long and sweet. Top notch vintage but needs time to evolve. 2010-2030. 98 points
Tasting notes by Andrew Caillard, MW - 17th August 2012
Medium deep colour. Intense dried cherry, paneforte, vanilla aromas. Richly flavoured and supple with deep set dark cherry, espresso, paneforte flavours, plentiful graphite tannins and underlying savoury oak. Finishes chalky firm and minerally. Still looking very youthful, but a classic vintage. Needs a few more years to reach it drinking window. 2014 - 2035 - 97 points
Tasting notes by Andrew Caillard, MW - 8th August 2017
Medium deep colour. Intense dark chocolate, blackberry aromas with roasted chestnut wood varnish notes. Inky textured wine with supple dark cherry, blackberry fruits, chestnut oak, lovely roasted coffee notes and velvety yet vigorous tannin. Perfectly developed and balanced wine with superb richness, volume and length. Finishes chocolaty with a graphite tannin plume. 14.5% Alc 97 points Now – 2035
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