60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon (the blend may very slightly alter before bottling) with an attractive 13.5%abv giving roundness without heat. Fairly high extraction, this is working confidently with the fruit, some layering of flavour, although a touch abrupt on the finish. Cassis, tar, coals, one third new oak. An attractive medium term drinker, 3,65ph gives freshness. Good improvements on display at this Dourthe estate over recent vintages.