|Classification||3ème Cru Classé|
82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 16% Merlot. First tasting: fine harmonious nose. Palate mixes ripeness with a certain elegant dustiness, and then juicy velvet red fruit sweetness. Supple, appetising and long. At the château, a creamy close texture, lovely balance, it really works: real wine with sap, fruit, expression and all the body it needs. The tannins are present but not aggressive. Fruit is cherryish, raspberry accented, bright and precise. Vincent Millet says he thinks it will drink well from five years time and also hold well. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2016)
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