Robert Parker 84
Tasted at “The Sampler’s” icon tasting in London. The 1980s was an inconsistent decade for this Saint Estephe stalwart, certainly compared to the 1990s. Here, the nose is very rustic and a little bretty, subduing the fruit. The palate is tannic and very tarry on the entry, chalky tannins not quite in synch with the fruit and rather astringent towards the finish. This is for die-hards only, although it does have a little charm. Tasted December 2011.