Tasted blind. The color is just insanely dark and the wine is totally opaque. I was just chocked when the vintage was revealed. Beside that, the wine was balanced and showed a good sense of place. It is surprisingly intense for a 2002 (and dark obviously) but with plenty of dark fruits, cigar box and cedar notes, it is enjoyable to drink. Maybe a tad too concentrated but certainly not bad. Has it been manipulated to show like this in such vintage? Probably....
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(Chateau Belle-vue) #3; COLOR-dark; NOSE-funky; farm-esque (Hungarian Oak); TASTE-so many 2nd & 3rd tier flavors (Asian spice; pencil shavings for days, olives; funkiness; black & red fruits); this is thought provoking wine; JD says, "incredible class & complexity; a little leaner and has wonderful bright fruit complexity that some of the '03's aren't going to have"; WS-87; GV-90+
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