(65% merlot and 35% cabernet franc; 3.69 pH; 4.50 total acidity; 12.8% alcohol): Dark ruby. Penetrating, precise aroma of black cherry, cedar, graphite and violet. Rich and dense, with sappy dark fruit flavors that linger nicely. Sweet, spicy red and black fruits repeat on the long finish. The cabernet franc here was planted in 1947 (before the freeze) and it really adds another dimension to this wine, but director Jonathan Maltus told me that on its own it’s almost too tough and aggressive, at least in the short term. These vines grow on clay over limestone and are located near vineyard parcels belonging to Angelus and Beausejour-Duffau-Lagarrosse. Outstanding potential.