Still has a beautiful ruby robe. The palate has really come around in the last few years. This was never large scaled or over ripe in the manner of some 2003s, the terroir of Croix Boissée insured that, but it was a bit rough and tumble for a while. The fruit is joined by a whole melange of savory and herb notes, none too large or aggressive. The real signature is that chalky mineral red fruited finish. The fine grained tannin mixed with the minerals has a mouth watering effect. Sad that I'm down to just a couple of bottles. Great now but will surely hold and even improve for 5-10 more years.
Bam! This wine seems to be finally coming into its own. For my palate, at or near optimum drinking, although it should hold here for a good long while. There is still structure, but the overbearing qualities it showed intermittently in youth have smoothed over. Decanted for about 45 minutes before dinner ti showed the tobacco and smoke nuances along with dried red fruits and mineral elements. A mushroomy kind of sous-bois also weaved in and out. Carried itself with a real sense of breed. I have 6 or so more bottles and i think one a year for the next five years and then I'll save the last for 10 years out.
After Keith's note on the 2012 Texier Côte Rôtie the other day, I got really curious about the 2006. I opened it about an hour before dinner (no, Eric, I did not decant it). I really enjoy watching how my GF reacts to wines I share with her. She has plenty of experience drinking fine wines, but many of the wines I open are new to her. She immediately did a double take on tasting this. I said, "I know, the texture, right?" and I think that is the really huge thing about Texier 2.5.4 the texture of the wines starting around 2006 (or at least that's when I really noticed it which could be because 2005 was such an intense vintage). It's got all the flavors you want from Côte Rôtie, although definitely more on the sauvage, masculine end of the spectrum. The nose wasn't explosive, but it was deep and layered with fruit and savory notes. Really, really good wine that is worth checking in on now if you have multiple bottles. If you have only one or two, I'd wait ~3 years for the first and then go from there.