François Despagne has certainly pulled this property together after it lost Grand Cru Classé status in 1996. The 2000 shows real class and style. It has plenty of new wood flavors, but they are well judged and have been used to support the solid fruit and black tannins. It is developing fast, but the tannins are there to allow it to age.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.