(JS=90) The balsamic and savory nose of this wine makes a bold statement, and for the region¡¦s most basic appellation this is packed full of flavor with a chalky/earthy note on the finish. However, this hasn¡¦t pushed the wine too far in any direction, and the harmony is excellent. (RP=86-88) The Domaine Virginie Thun_vin, the vineyard which belongs to Jean-Luc¡¦s daughter, has a pleasing blackberry and cassis-scented nose, simple but nicely integrated with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, ever so slightly dry tannin that renders the finish rather conservative and foursquare. However, even at this early juncture you can appreciate the balance and length.This is a satisfactory Bordeaux Rouge to enjoy over several years. (WS=86) A soft-edged, herb-inflected offering, with plum and cherry fruit and a whiff of tobacco leaf. A textbook introduction to red Bordeaux. Drink now through 2018. 5,835 cases made.