Bordeaux 2013: Definitely Not the Vintage of the Century (May 2014)

(52% merlot, 38% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc; 89% of the crop went into the grand vin ; 34 hectoliters per hectare production): Good medium ruby. Perfumed aromas of redcurrant, black cherry, licorice and violet. Suave on entry, then almost tart in the middle, with very high refreshing acidity really lifting the red berry and floral flavors. Finishes with horizontal, fine-grained tannins and subtle mineral length. In 2013, less new oak was used (28%, down from the usual 40%), which was a very good idea. Herve Berland, the general director of sister property Montrose, told me that this wine reminds the staff of Tronquoy’s 1998.