I bought two magnums of this St. Emilion several years ago to test a theory on storing magnums versus regular sized bottles. I just needed to prove to myself that a magnum ages slower. Damn straight. This bottle is still young and exhibits plenty of youth with its rather obtrusive tannins. Not overly complex or heralded, it is nonetheless a Bordeaux. Bright cherries on the nose translated into cranberry and leather on the palate. A decent finish and balance were evident as were the tannins. I don’t think I paid very much for these magnums and am pleasantly surprised. I will hold the other one for another 3-4 years and re-visit. I might mention that I drank from this bottle over three nights, with the second night being the smoothest. The third night showed too much oxidation and the first night it needed air.
I just did a quick price search, the ’09 can be had for $20. Bang for the buck, 4 stars. Quality-wise I reckon this wine would have to be 88 points.