Grape Varieties: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot
The Wine Advocate
Performing better from bottle than at any time in cask (which of course is the objective of great winemaking, isnt it?), this wine reveals a dense ruby/purple color in a style somewhat reminiscent of the 1988 but with more power, concentration, and volume. It has a beautifully elegant nose of black fruits intermixed with truffle, flower, and oak. The wine is medium to full-bodied, dense, with wonderful precision, freshness, and a long, full-bodied finish with impressive levels of concentration. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030.
Weight-wise the 2002 is reminiscent of the 1999 Margaux. However, the 2002, a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, reveals some of the stylistic characteristics of the 1996... The color is a healthy deep ruby/purple, and the aromas reveal notes of black currants, liquorice, dried herbs, vanilla, and loamy soil... it is a lustrous effort from this notable estate so meticulously run by the Mentzelopoulos family and their brilliant administrator, Paul Pontallier. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2026.