"Quite seductive heady fruit, nuanced and slightly perfumed. Lovely pink colour. Good juicy impact with soft, chalky tannins that coat the top and sides of the mouth. I love the focus on the aromatics as opposed to just the fruit with brambles, clove and liquorice stick nuances. Good persistency. Lots of work went into the Merlots in this vintage from both clay and gravel - not pushing them too far in order to retain refinement. A juicy, sappy and approachable second wine"