Dark ruby. Black cherry, menthol, licorice and cedar on the rather oak-dominated nose. Then tight and on the lean side, showing modest lift and flesh to its medicinal blackcurrant and cedar flavors. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins. As with so many 2011s, I wanted more flesh and fruit; this comes off as rigid and lacking in generosity.
Robert Parker 90
An impressive second wine, delicious red and black currant, spice box and earth notes intertwined with an underlying floral-like character jump from the glass of the 2011 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion. Complex with silky tannins, medium to full body and a long finish, this sleeper of the vintage can be drunk early on or cellared for 10-15 years.