Medium red. Superripe aromas of maraschino cherry and smoke. At once sweet and firm, with flavors of cherry, licorice and minerals. A bit youthfully medicinal, and very successful for this property.
Heady, animal, gamey notes. Sweet, burnt notes – very exaggerated and in the modern idiom but there is enough freshness. A definite style – not for me – pretty brutal oak tannins.
Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019
Robert Parker 90
Thank goodness this estate’s new consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt, has toned down what was often too much new oak. He also appears to have built in more density. The 2005 is a beautifully exuberant, sexy wine displaying copious black cherry, toasty oak, raspberry, and vanillin notes. Pure, rich, medium to full-bodied, and luscious, patience will not be required for this beauty as it can be consumed now and over the next 12-15 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2008-2023