Robert Parker 91
Tasted at the 1999 horizontal at Bordeaux Index. More mature in colour, but the bouquet is just gorgeous, demonstrated the â€œdegraded fruitâ€ character that Francois Mitjavile strives for. It has a Burgundian, a Richebourg-like allure, wonderful definition with ripe red cherries, wild strawberry, a vibrant, fresh candied quality that is difficult to resist. The palate is medium-bodied, very smooth an lascivious but with good acidity. It actually more structure and reserved than the bouquet implies, certainly a Saint Emilion with good backbone but it is cloaked in layers of fruit. There is a very attractive touch of Asian spice towards the finish. Wonderful. Drink now-2020. Tasted June 2009.
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020
Medium ruby. Smoky aromas of red fruits, roast coffee, tobacco and black pepper. Fat, sweet and oaky, with notes of bitter chocolate, espresso and caraway seed. In a closed stage today and less vibrant than the 2000, with a high-pH mouthfeel. A more rustic style than the ’00 or the ’98. Mitjavile says that a fining will give the wine more ampleur.
Sweet, vibrant and distinctive on the nose. Much more integrated and better balanced the other St-Emilions. Lovely richness – a really fine, energetic bottle.
Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020