The Annual Red Bordeaux Report (May 2005)

(55% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 15% petit verdot; all of the fruit was in by September 29 except for the cabernet) Medium ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, violet, bitter chocolate and licorice. Supple, sweet and suave, with dark berry, violet and licorice flavors enlivened by bright acidity. Firm tannic spine gives this wine a youthful austerity. But this offers a good combination of floral, sexy fruit, chocolatey ripeness and solid backbone. Quite Margaux-like.