To the eye the wine is bright and luminous. It displays an intense cherry red colour with deep and attractive scarlet shades on the rim of the glass.
On the nose there is an aromatic depth of fine and mature fruity notes which intermingle with those that come from the noble oak barrels. You can sense the subtle vanilla and lightly spicy aromas that will open and develop into more complex notes for years to come.
2011 is a powerful vintage for this cuvĂ©e, which now shows quite marked by toasty aromas. Warm vintages usually need longer in bottle to integrate the oak, but experience shows that it gets absorbed and in fact the evolution of this wine in bottle is very good. Even if the nose recommends to wait, the palate is very balanced, with remarkably ripe tannins for such warm year, which can sometime produce some harsh tannins. Not the case here, where the wine shows good elegance and balance. This is a very reliable cuvĂ©e, quite stable across vintages.