Sweet tobacco and berries, with hints of grilled meat in the nose. Full-bodied with velvety, chewy tannins and a long finish. Lots of new wood, but balanced with everything else going on. Give it three to four years.
(barrel sample) This is impressive; a ripe, open wine, but showing some lovely, polished new wood flavors, vanilla and just a touch of spice.
**Two Stars** This wonderfully extracted effort reflects all of the ripeness and rich fruit to be found in 2005 clarets, and it does so while staying remarkably well-balanced. It is a mouthfilling Merlot, but one that is also supple and silky, and it ends with a very long, ripe-cherry finish with immense fruity substance offsetting its slight but evident heat. Set it aside for at least five years of smoothing.
Offers a fabulous nose of toasty oak, coffee, cigar box and ripe fruit. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and loads of ripe fruit, toasty oak and spices. Long and silky. Very well done for this estate and better than the 2000.
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