2004 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Aromas of chocolate, cedar, tobacco and berries. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Concentrated. The best since 2000. Best after 2011.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Classic Graves aromatics of soy, cedar, underbrush, sweet currants and cherries along with a hint of smoke/burning embers are followed by a wine possessing excellent fruit, medium body, sweet tannin, and a seductive, lush personality. It may merit an outstanding score with another year or two of bottle age. Consume it over the next 12-15 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Red-ruby. Black cherry on the moderately ripe nose. Not particularly concentrated, but supple, round and fleshy, with a chocolatey ripeness. A rather gently styled wine with good depth and length. In a small group tasting of Graves wines, this was quite appealing, while a number of other wines, a few of which normally perform well at this early stage, came off as distinctly green, inky, clenched or dry, including Fieuzal, Carbonnieux, Latour Martillac, Olivier, Rahoul and Bouscaut.
One of my favorite unknown properties in Bordeaux. The reds are always quite delicious and readily approachable. This 2004 is no exception. Cigar smoke, black currants, plums, and Asian spices. Medium-bodied with no hard edges, expansive, sweet tannin, loads of spice as well as black currant and cherry fruit, it can be drunk now or cellared for 10 more years. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux Buyer) From Jancis Robinson: "Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot. Mid crimson. Some attractive development and freshness and only the merest hint of toast. Just about ready to enjoy - sweet even if not that subtle." (05/2011)