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95 Points, Zachys Buying Team: "We have retasted this wine several times over the years and it is a consistent crowd favorite and WOTN. This is the way that classic Bordeaux should be experienced - with age and perfect provenance. While pulling the cork, without it even out of the bottle, the stunning and intoxicating aromatics can be found. One of the most striking noses of the year and it is echoed on the palate. This is not rustic Saint-Estephe, this is in fact an elegant Saint-Estephe expression from the late Madame Gasqueton, plenty of ripe, succulent red fruit, a touch of crème de cassis, sweet tobacco, sandalwood, coffee, herbs and drying tannins on the finish. This is a perfect bottle of Bordeaux to enjoy now and over the next ten years. The team had a hard time putting this one down as it is one of those wines you want to keep sniffing and drinking over the course of a meal. Perhaps even better than the 1995 - who needs scores when the pedigree, vintage, and provenance are all here? In a word - Awesome. While it is tempting right out of the bottle - a two hour decant serves well here."

Robert Parker

92 Points, Robert M. Parker, Jr., Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 may not be as profound as I had predicted from cask, but it is an exceptional wine. Dark ruby-colored, with a complex nose of dried herbs, Asian spices, and black cherry jam intermixed with cassis, it possesses outstanding purity, and considerable tannin in the finish. This classic, medium to full-bodied, traditionally made wine improves dramatically with airing, suggesting it will have a very long life. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2028." 04/99

Vinous Media

93+ Points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous: "Saturated ruby-red. Pure, highly perfumed aromas of black cherry, currant, plum, minerals, tobacco, leather and fresh herbs. Very ripe, suave and spicy; at once subtle and gripping. Lovely cabernet character dominating today. Very firm, long finish is youthful but not hard-edged. Showing extremely well." 07/02