|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
Ripe fat fruit nose, but the palate has some astringency as the acidity tightens the tannins. The broad style is slightly fighting the style of the vintage here? Drinking range: 2024 - 2036 Rating: 89-90 L&S (Apr 2017)
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