Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberry, blackberry, mineral and licorice follow through to a full-bodied palate. This is chewy yet silky, with a long, long finish. Balanced and powerful. Best after 2012.
Musty and mushroomy, with red fruit chasers on the nose and palate. Round and fruity, but still needs three years.
The superb second wine, the 2005 Clos du Marquis, reflects the utter brilliance of the 2005 grand vin. It boasts an inky/ruby/purple color along with a sweet perfume of lead pencil, ripe cherries and black currants, and hints of earth and vanillin. Dense, chewy, fleshy, and full-bodied, this beauty will be drinkable in 3-4 years, and should keep for 15-20.
Good full red-ruby. Superripe aromas of plum, mocha, coffee and spicy oak. Big, dry, broad and rich, with a chewy quality and noteworthy sweetness to the plummy flavor. This has more baby fat than the young 2006 but not quite as much detail or verve. Finishes quite broad, with major ripe tannins and lingering sweet fruit.
Light to mid crimson. Light, rather attractive sandpaper nose. Mellow already. Correct rather than sumptuous. Just a bit introvert and dry on the finish. The acidity is a bit marked.
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By: Margaret Lilani 7/28/2009
One to let rest for a few years. Apparently 2005 bordeaux was the best year in more than recent history. This outpours $300 bottles.
Drink from 2010 to 2014