|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
An elegant as well as powerful effort, this dense ruby/purple-colored 1998 reveals notes of plums, black raspberries, vanillin, minerals, licorice, and spice. Exceptionally rich with an outstanding texture, this medium to full-bodied wine possesses a distinctive, individualistic style, largely because of its floral, blueberry fruit flavors. Although accessible, it will age for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020.
|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001|
|Score: 94/96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000|
|Score: 92/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999|
Purple coloured, with intense aromas of blackberries and spices. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and tannins.
| ||James Suckling, Wine Spectator|
Very dark, blackish crimson. Sweet, mellow, lively but fully developed – much more mature than most. Very very slightly simple. Hint of menthol. Neat but there’s a very slight lack of freshness. Ready to drink.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2006|
16/20. This rich, dark coloured wine is a potential bargain.
| ||Farr Vintners, June 1999|