Really gravelly nose, impressive to smell; beautifully balanced, rich, elegant, with a very refined, subtly firm structure with currently velvety tannins of great beauty; so sweetfruited and fresh to taste, very long and closegrained, prolonged across the palate, great evenness, and completeness, excellent sweet and gravelly length. In a firmer style, yes, but without excess. The typical more Pauillac-style expression of St-Julien. Fine. 2024-36+.
Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve
This was the very best 2012 presented during the Médoc tastings: sumptuous notes of cedar and tobacco, an imposing structure with unusually silky sensations on the palate, especially for such a young wine, all without sacrificing any of the power and linearity of the terroir. The 11% Cabernet Franc, so often left out in today's Médoc blends, definitely plays its part. A magical wine