Deep ruby-purple color; nose is deep and dark black fruit, slight graphite, hard to delineate; palate is full bodied, rich ripe black and red fruit, integrated tannin, pronounced fresh acidity throughout, slight bit of heat in the midpalate; finish is short-medium. Based on my last note from 2011, the tannins have fully integrated and it is ready to go. A nice balanced modern-styled plush right bank bordeaux whose main shortcoming is that it isn't distinctive in any way. Good value when purchased at $26, now overpriced at $45 on winesearcher. After trying the 98, 00, and 03, this chateau seems well made overall but not impressive. 88-90 Update: improves with 1 hour of air. More integrated throughout, showing more interesting black cherry on the nose, really much more complexity on the nose, a step up from when first opened. Probably has a few years left. 90
Decanted an hour before drinking, medium to full bodied, inky purple color, subdued nose but complex medley of flavors evolved throughout the evening - predominate black fruits, layer of graphite with tones of cedar, mushroom and leather with hints of anise and mocha. After ninety minutes a slightly funky barnyard tone set in but eventually burned off leaving a pleasant, complex but polished tone with nicely integrated firm tannins on the moderate finish.
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