Tasted at a 2011 merchant event. Very dark purple. Expressive nose of cassis, black cherry. On the palate quite sirupy and Californian. This is very extracted but does not have the problems of Monbousquet where the concentrated unripe material. Here the material seemed to be be ripe. There is no dryness, hear or oxidation. Overall the wine is aromatically too one dimensional and short to merit a higher score. Confirms my verdict that 2011 is really a bad vintage. While I don't mind lighter vintages (e.g., 2007) they should then at least be soft and early drinking to have an inherent value proposition. 2011 is neither.
One of the top wines from this difficult vintage in St. Emilion, look for a blast of fresh roasted espresso beans, vanilla, licorice and black raspberries made better by soft, polished textures and a fleshy, black cherry finish.