2001, 2000 and 1999 Bordeaux (May 2002)

Medium-deep red-ruby. Cabernet-dominated aromas of cedar, tobacco, tar and game. Then soft, plump and plummy in the middle, with a note of tobacco. My enthusiasm was somewhat muted by a dry edge to the tannins that was not apparent last year. In ’99, noted Aramon, Figeac used new oak cuves to vinify 50% of the crop, including all of the best merlot (this portion of the harvest also went through its malolactic fermentation in these wood vats). This treatment, says Aramon, may have given this portion of the wine a tarry aspect.