Parker 87 Punkte
A tightly-knit, closed wine, the 1996 l'Arrosee has not yet begun to put on weight, or reveal its true character. It possesses a medium dark ruby color, and muted aromatics which, with airing, offer notes of dusty minerals mixed with black cherries and raspberries. Subtle high quality toasty oak makes an appearance along with black raspberry and cherry fruit. This firmly-knit, sinewy, austere, elegant wine displays some positive potential, but I would appear to have over-rated it based on cask tastings. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2016.