Bright ruby-red. Expressive nose offers black raspberry, licorice and minerals. Concentrated and suave, with noteworthy breadth and cut to its rather understated dark fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes with ripe, fairly fine-grained tannins and very good length and grip.
Slightly pale crimson at the rim. Interesting, refreshing, clean, 50 per cent Cabernet Franc, 50 per cent Merlot – near Pavie. Very fresh and lively. Very complete, fresh and silky. Lively and charming. Clean and neat. Long. Property bought by Jean-Luc Thunevin in 1998.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022
Robert Parker 90
A sexy sleeper of the vintage from St.-Emilion, the 2005 Clos Badon boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as aromas of charcoal, espresso roast, sweet currants and cherries, and a touch of incense. A broad, endearing, seductive mouthfeel, medium to full body, and no hard edges suggest it can be enjoyed now and over the next 10-12 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020