A beauty from Emmanuel Cruse, this elegant 2002 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with sumptuous aromas of flowers, blueberries, red and black currants. Medium-bodied, sweet, pure, and delicate, this wine requires introspection, and builds incrementally in the mouth. It is a very impressive effort. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016
This wine continues to get better and better, yet is still not close to full maturity, despite what I would have thought 16 years ago. The wine has a dense, dark plum/ruby color with just a bit of lightening at the edge. A sweet nose of black cherries intermixed with balsam wood, vanilla, and Provencal herbs has an almost Rhone-like character to it. The wine is medium to full-bodied, rich, with a lot of flesh, light to moderate tannin, and great balance and purity. This wine has approached its plateau of drinking. It should hold for at least another 10-15 years. Very impressive! Anticipated maturity: Now-2015. Last tasted, 12/02.