Francois Mitjavile's brilliant and unique wine has a different character from that of all its Saint Emilion rivals. There is almost a Pinot Noir sweetness and exceptional purity. Only available in very limited quantities. Our visit to the unassuming cellars with their mud floors and dirty walls is always fascinating and a highlight of our visits to Bordeaux. There are less barrels in 2013 than we have ever seen before. Production will be 11000 bottles instead of the normal 25000. As always the wine is being aged in 100% new "Radoix blend" fine grain barrels that he says give the wine aroma rather than tannin. Work in the vineyard, a south-facing slope, on training the vines and ventilating the bunches allows him to pick late (October 15th this year) with no rot. This tastes something like a cross between a Musigny and a Côte Rôtie this year! Medium ruby in colour, the nose is like a floral bouquet of forest fruits, violets, white pepper, Arabica coffee, and star anise. The palate is super silky and sweet, with layer upon layer of intense red cherry, wild flowers, toast, smoke, vanilla, cumin, nutmeg and cinnamon. An astoundingly complex wine that is vibrant, intense, and has a very long finish. Quite exceptional for the vintage.