(AM=90-93) Here the highly expressive nose is even spicier than that of the Beaux Monts if not quite as elegant with ripe black cherry liqueur and exotic tea aromas. The velvet-textured flavors are remarkably fine, indeed the word satin aptly describes the mouth feel. There is excellent volume and very solid mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in a balanced and impressively persistent finish. As good as this is however, and it is exceptionally good, it just doesn't have the sheer class of the Beaux Monts but in fairness, Suchots rarely does. (AG=87-89) (tasted from barrel; 100% vendange entier): Good bright, deep red. Chocolate, herbs, licorice and nutty oak on the nose; seems a bit advanced. Then lush and quite sweet but loose-knit, showing an almost candied character to its medicinal dark fruit flavors. Plenty of texture here but I wanted more energy and lift.