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This is an older vintage - although still young - of a super-rare, classically structured Bordeaux-style blend of 36% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot. Meticulously hand-made with ageing in mind, with active consultation from winemaker Pierre Lurton of Cheval Blanc and Chateau d'Yquem fame in Bordeaux, this wine's pedigree is undeniable. Released recently from the winery along with 2001 and 2003 vintages in a handsome wooden case, I have not been able to taste this wine. It was aged for 15 months in larger French oak barrels. The winery's tasting notes from 2011: "Colour: Dark plum, concentrated centre and opaque to the edges. Nose: Enticing with almonds, coffee and sweet caramel, and alluring sniffs of cassis and vanilla pods. Great freshness with hits of blackberry sweetness. Palate: Elegant entry, very plush and immediately filling. Sweeter dark berry fruit very evident, which contributes well to balancing the minerality which adds a lot of weight. This wine will really appreciate a bit of air up front. Restrained and sometimes quite closed at first. This already is a sign of age to come. The 2008 is pacing itself, holding firm to our beliefs that it will still be going in 10 years time.