By Aline Conus
Sweet, round, intense flavours, almost overripe, this is a big wine, lots of alcohol and nice ripe tannins, sensuous, not my style of wine, but good.
Branaine Ducru (16)
Very attractive berry nose, ripe and intense, flowery. Very Cabernet with firm backbone and good finish. Probably very good value.
Gruaud Larose (17.5)
Big, complex nose with lovely fruit. A tight-knit, well-balanced wine that has good class. I like this very much.
Leoville Barton (17.5)
Bright, ripe, lovely fruit on the nose, complex, flowery, elegant, intense wine with lots of charm, and refined, classy tannins and balance. Very good wine.
Leoville Lascases (19)
For me, one of the best wines of the vintage, and one of the greatest Lascases’s. Intense, very rich, ripe, but still bright clean top Claret character, lots of violets, elegant fruit with perfect balance of fruit, tannin and acidity, seamless great Cabernet dominated character. Great class, great wine.
Clos du Marquis (16.5)
Good robe, lots of character, nice, ripe fruit and fine tannins, quite forward, and wonderfully classy for a second wine, this knocks the socks off some much greater names.
Leoville Poyferré (17.5)
Good structure, deep, intense, but not overripe, tight-knit wine with masses of character and opulent sweetness. Very good indeed.
Attractive, black fruit with lots of mid-palate fruit and character, quite masculine and round – a most attractive Talbot.
By Aline Conus