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Grand-Puy has proved itself to be worthy of higher status than its cinquième cru classification. Not here heavy extraction nor over-manipulation but refinement, finesse and complexity, yet with structure to ensure longevity. The 2004 vintage is marked by its bright, profound cassis scents and seams of concentrated spicy, black-fruit flavours. Beautifully balanced and stylish.
An assemblage of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. This is structured with a natural, unforced style and a palate laden with crunchy, currant fruit broadened by textbook pauillac graphite scents and flavours. Luscious and vibrant.
Jean-Philippe Delmas explained that 69% of production at La Mission made the grade to the grand vin in 2004 compared to 60% in 2003. Super-rich, spicy fruit on the nose and with a wealth of succulent, black fruit flavours. Pessac-léognan’s classic mineralité courses through its veins. Very inviting and made in the natural, unforced style. Dry but ripe, this is fine bordeaux from a famous property that is under the same ownership as its neighbour Haut-Brion. An assemblage of 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.
An elegant 2004 from Château Figeac with superb finesse and an aromatic nose with notes of mint and black tea and hints of warm spices. A pretty wine, utterly delightful and will give great drinking pleasure.
A highly-regarded 2004, a vintage which is being up-rated. And just look at the drinking window! Deep, near opaque in the glass, with forest fruit aromas and a sweet scent of ripeness. There is real intensity here.
Tasted blind, one would believe 2004 Les Forts to be a cru classé of a high level. Gorgeous seductive, pure fruit on the nose is an entrée to a palate that is alive with flavours of fresh blackcurrant, Victoria plum and blueberry supported by savoury spices. There is a depth that one often gains from old vines and balanced yields, which creates a sensation of a well-knit wine, with layered fruit. The texture is both silky and vibrant. Les Forts contains a higher percentage of Merlot than the grand vin and the result is a pauillac with a sumptuous, luscious character. Terrific Les Forts.
Vibrant in the glass, with restrained but enticing aromas of plum and berry fruit on the
nose. The palate is gentle and fragrant, with luscious damson and cherry characters
and a hint of spice adding interest. The tannins are fine and supple, and a lift of acidity
lends an attractive freshness. Classic claret from a classic vintage.
Vraye Croix de Gay's neighbours are Châteaux Lafleur, Hosanna and Lafleur-Pétrus. In 2004 they have produced a beautifully vibrant pomerol with scents of ripe plums and black summer fruits which are confirmed on the palate. Flowing fruit flavours are carried by a terrific sense of plummy vibrance, along with freshness and definition. This is a precise and well-honed wine that in many vintages passes unnoticed by the wide majority of pomerol buyers – one is left wondering why, given its consistent poise and balance. We do not recall a more impressive wine from this property. Pin-pointed flavours and great elegance.
A large proportion of the vineyard of Duhart-Milon was replanted in the last ten to fifteen years and finally a sense of depth is returning to a wine that always showed promise. The nose displays some of the capsicum aromas as well as ripe, dark-berry fruits associated with Cabernet, while the palate is ample, mouthfilling and with plenty of obvious attraction. Soft, deep berry flavours and fine gravely notes make for a complex yet generous feel. A very harmonious wine with a purity of fruit that is common to all the Rothschild properties in this vintage.
A property that is very much a la mode. It is the freshness and vigour of succulent fruit that makes an immediate impact on the palate of Larcis-Ducasse. A modern, powerfully built st-émilion, yet it retains a sensuous and evocative character and in recent tastings it has shown softer tannins and a more flattering approach.
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