This vineyard dates to the Middle Ages. Respect. This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is splashed with 2% Petit Verdot before a year in oak (approximately 50% is new). Severe in youth, as befitting a Bordeaux Superieur, this carries smoked stones, branchy tobacco and tight cassis on its strict form. There's a wee cushion of black plum and blacker cherry on the mid-palate, but this strips back quickly to the tight, bitter-edged and powdery finish. Simple, classical, and proper; drink now with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding or hold for a couple of years in the cellar.