..flowery bouquet revealing plenty of creme de cassis, plum, & cherry notes, stunning concentration, a boatload of power, sweet tannins (the sweetest and easiest to taste among the St.-Juliens), and a long finish.
Restrained on the nose, then becoming more exotic. Ripeness and freshness embrace. Utterly smooth and still going strong. Surprisingly dense but also has charm and elegance. Wonderful.
...Refined, floral aromas of black- and redcurrant, minerals and graphite; at once very ripe and subdued. Juicy, precise and penetrating; not hugely fleshy but stylish and elegant. Finishes with lovely grip and clarity...
Ripe, generous and typical of the vintage for its lively fruit character that lasts on the long finish. Needs cellaring until 2005 or 2010 in order to spread out a bit and settle down, but it's a comer. Tasted from magnum