This is a style of Bordeaux I like. Not trying to emulate a New World wine; structured, not overripe, not overoaked. It needs a few more years, however. It is: Merlot 85%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Cabernet Franc 5%.
Dark black ruby. Nose closed at first, but on the second night it was showing lovely, subtle dark cherry fruit, and a dark, gravelly earthiness, along with a lifting baked cake note. Densely-fruited, but in a dry extract -- not jammy -- way, it packs the palate with dark fruit and loads of gravelly minerals. Full-bodied, with lots of fine-grained tannins. Still feels a bit tight. It's very good, if a bit youthful now, but will certainly improve over the next 5 years. B+ now, probably higher later on. I'm not sure what this cost or where to get it around the DC area, as a good friend brought this wine to our Super Bowl party as a gift. Nice gift! Imported by Monsieur Touton Selections, NY.