(a blend of 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc) Bright ruby-red. Very pretty, intense nose is redolent of spicy redcurrant and raspberry, minerals and violet. Suave, fine-grained and densely packed, with lovely violet lift to its concentrated red cherry, raspberry and mineral flavors. The wine’s juicy acidity and smooth tannic backbone guarantee further development and solid aging potential. Really spreads out to saturate the palate on the long finish. Denis Durantou bought this property on high-quality clay in early 2009, and this has to be one of the most impressive maiden bottlings I’ve tasted from anywhere in quite a long time.