Merlot plays a special role in this vintage since it forms two thirds of the final blend. The nose is subtle, elegant and very complex, with delicate hints of red fruit, blackberry and blackcurrant as well as more generous notes of liquorice, roasting coffee, oak and a nearly floral side that defies description. The tightly-knit structure is obvious from the beginning. However, it soon appears that the tannin is also quite rich, making the wine soft, rich, juicy and delicious. It already has a beautiful long aftertaste.
This wine is rounded and very complete. Big berry and dark plum-skin flavors are balanced by the firm tannins and sweet vanilla from the wood aging. This is juicy, fresh and structured. It's likely to age well, so don't drink until 2020. ROGER VOSS