"One of the more structured examples of Le Pin, and still surprisingly youthful for a wine that critics say needs to be drunk in its first 5-10 years, this dark garnet-colored wine has notes of licorice, loamy soil scents, sweet black cherries and currants along with some truffle and vanilla. The wine is medium-bodied with a certain firmness and delineation, and less of the charm, glycerin, and opulence that the ripe, more generous vintages provide. The finish is long and almost Medoc-like." -Robert Parker
"Shows incredible elegance, with very perfumy dried vanilla, bergamot and juniper notes, followed by caressing, lightly mulled raspberry and plum elements that segue into a sanguine finish that glides on and on. Despite the elegance, there's no sign of this fading or losing focus. This extremely impressive showing is almost a match for the trio of '90, '09 and '10."