Ratings & Tasting notes:
95 points Neal Martin for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
“The best of the First Growth ’97s. A limpid, garnet/ruby core with ruby rim. The nose is exquisite with great delineation and purity with much more vigour that the other Firsts. Mint, blackberries, violets and blueberries all leap from the glass, oblivious to the fact that they stem from a poor vintage. The palate has a slightly voluptuous feel to it, rounded black fruits, raspberry, cassis, tobacco, graphite and a touch of Asian spice towads the finish. Sheer class. A superb success for Paul Pontallier in a difficult vintage. Drink now-2025. Tasted September 2006.” (07/08)
91 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:
“Medium red-ruby. Confectionary aromas of raspberry, cocoa powder, mocha and sexy oak; more evolved than either the ’99 or ’98, even considering its extra year of age. Fat, sweet and harmonious; offers lovely balance but just misses out on the density and depth of a great year. Finishes with firm but very suave tannins; this must be one of the longest ’97s.” (May/June ’00)
Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.