|Score: 92||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
The 1996 may not be as profound as I had predicted from cask, but it is an exceptional wine. Dark ruby-colored, with a complex nose of dried herbs, Asian spices, and black cherry jam intermixed with cassis, it possesses outstanding purity, and considerable tannin in the finish. This classic, medium to full-bodied, traditionally made wine improves dramatically with airing, suggesting it will have a very long life. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2028.
|Score: 92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999|
He has gained weight, revealing even more flesh and depth than in 1997. The wine is opaque ruby/purple colored, full bodied, ferociously tannic and crammed with fruit and extract.This wine will require a decade of partience.This appears to be a profond classic muscular, and powerful Calon-Segur that will age effortlessly for 30-40 years. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2035.
Readers should remember that this estate possesses one of the greatest terroirs of Bordeaux, and produced a bevy of legendary wines in the twenties, late forties, and early fifties. Since then, it has been something of a hit or miss property, but under her administration, Madame Gasqueton has produced consistently outstanding wines. The 1996, a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, was made from extremely low yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2035.
|Score: 92/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998|
Strongly mineral nose. Very fresh and sappy. Good integrity of fruit right through the beginning, middle and end of the tasting experience. Lots of tannin there still which is very slightly dusty. Correct St-Estèphe. Sweet start and then glossy. Drink 2007-17
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2006|
|Score: 16.2||Farr Vintners, 1996 Bordeaux Blind Tasting 8/9/2006, September 2006|