Just opened, and the nose is very reticent. Some hints of cedar. Very closed on the palate and somewhat thin feeling. After a couple of hours, typical right bank notes and not terribly overpowering tannins. A faint early hint of leather. This will be a good and very feminine wine IMO. Very fresh with good acidity and a long (nearly 60 second) finish. Rating for current state not potential.
Nice cedar and tobacco nose, with some underlying dark fruits. Very classy on the palate, with silky tannins. Not terribly plush or broad, and a little astringent on the finish. Some secondary flavors starting to emerge in the glass. Nice wine. Not sure this is going to become anything dramatic, but it is drinking very nicely now. Would drink over the next 5 years or so.
Almost the Diet Coke of the 1996 Beaucastel, one of my favorite under the radar CDPs. Nose has some zip, almost a cola note. Supple and delicate on the palate, although there is some fizz on the finish almost reminiscent of a NZ pinot. Tea and cherry notes. Pretty long finish, although the iron is too dominant for my taste at this point. I'd give it another try in 3-5 years.