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Brooding in the glass, with notes of black fruits and cedar. On the palate, the tannins are dense and structural, balancing the extremely concentrated ripe, black fruit. Rich and build to last.
This is the largest of the three Leovilles and belongs at the top of its appellation. The colour is intense and there are nuances of currant, smoke and tobacco. There are also exotic aromas here including spices, minerals, chocolate, and even a little liquorice in the concentration. Smooth and silky with a long polished finish.
Now showing its true class. Intense in appearance and equally so on the palate where there is a substantial weight of deep berry fruit. Cedary nuances are building too and there is a lovely sense of freshness coupled with distinguished purity. 2002 continues Léoville-Barton’s rich form over the last decade.
The 2004 Moulin-Riche is deep ruby/purple in colour with the fresh, vibrant red fruit scents that typify the wines of Saint-Julien.On the palate there is abundance of ripe, intense fruit backed by structure, tannins and a delicious freshness. An exceptional second wine which still has the ability to age.
There have been many changes in the Bordeaux market place in recent years but perhaps one of the most significant changes has been the emergence of the second wine as a brand in its own right. Many Chateaux in Bordeaux now adopt a rigorous selection policy to ensure that only the very best fruit goes into the Grand Vin. However, La Croix de Beaucaillou is not only a blend of the fruit not deemed quite good enough for the Grand Vin, it also comprises fruit from its own specially designated vineyards. However the wines were what we were there for and they did not disappoint. La Croix is intended to offer an insight into the Grand Vin, which it undoubtedly does. The problem is that it does it so well that one could be forgiven for thinking, that at nearly four times the price, the Grand Vin cannot be five times better. At this early stage the wine was still wearing its mask of oak but one could still sense the lovely open cassis and sweet plum fruit beneath. A blend of 50 percent each of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon this had more flesh than many but beneath one got a sense of that typical Ducru structure with suave tannins and a lovely bite of mineral acidity.
The wines of Lagrange need time to reveal their full potential. The 2004 reveals a pure, natural, fresh quality. Never a powerful solid-structured st-julien, however a bordeaux with elegance and clarity of flavour which has a lovely, vibrant, fresh red berry and cherry character.
Pure, lifted cassis nose - ripe and perfumed. Lovely grace through the mid-palate, giving a layered feel to the fresh berry fruit-laden palate. The tannins are gently mineral on a finish of fresh, fruit skin grip. An elegant Langoa, which shows a classy lightness of touch.
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