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Deep intense purple colour, with a striking aroma of violets. On the palate this is a very rounded wine, with intense power and structure, supported by robust tannins and a finish characterised by fleshy Cabernet fruit flavours. An excellent example of Château Latour. 12- 25
Ever-dependable Grand-Puy-Lacoste - the 2002 shows a firm nature with an assertive structure with good concentration and a typical Pauillac meaty edge. A pleasing, classic Pauillac that has lost the ungainly qualities it displayed en primeur.
The nose exudes an admirable freshness, with understated notes of cassis and deep berry. The palate is elegant and refined with vibrant berryfruit to the fore. Distinctive and not as heady as some, this has taken on a bit more weight since bottling. Texturally this impresses greatly with a classic velvety nuance.
An absolute stunner, leaving one totally mystified as to why so few other people produced great wines in this famed appellation.This is Domaine de Chevalier at its very best with a freshly crisp, spiced fruit character, wonderful purity of fruit and unobtrusive tannins supported by vibrance and harmony. This is undoubtedly one of the wines of the vintage.
Production levels were tiny here in 2002 with only 3,300 cases of the grand vin being produced. Super-ripe fruit and a floral note of violets dominate the nose whilst the palate is mid-weight with silky, velvet fruit and great ripeness. With elegant rather than blockbusting structure this is a fine wine with a pure, driven finish.
This certainly stands out among Margaux properties in this vintage. In fact Rauzan-Ségla has proved remarkably consistent in recent years, standing testament to the considerable investment undertaken by the Wertheimer family. The 2002 Rauzan-Ségla possesses lifted scents of fresh, almost perfumed berry fruit and dark cherry. Refined and silky on the palate, with an overriding sense of balance and pleasing weight yet the accent is firmly placed on elegance. Mineral nuances are revealed to the finish as are some firm supportive tannins. A true success.
Perhaps the vintage that elevated Poyferré in many people’s eyes. The 2002 is a very complete style, exudes harmony with a velvet-like mouthfeel. The fruit characters here are of dark berry, blackcurrant, again with a deep-knit almost liquorice-like note. Very classy indeed, striking purity with impressive persistence. The tell-tale freshness of the vintage is here for all to see. Very fine, rich but not too dense, or concentrated. If Poyferré is missing from your cellar, it is worth asking why!
Deep, dense and almost opaque in colour with a restrained nose of cassis and plum. The palate has a core of dark fruit, cedar wood and a rich violet edge. There is firm structure here but the tannins are ripe and well integrated. Styled in a similar vein to the highly impressive grand vin, this shows terrific promise.
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