Just lovely. After an hour poured off to the shoulders but not decanted, we just loved it. Light on its feet, but very tasty. And that is coming after a California Cabernet. Wish I had bought more but have two more.
Quite an evolved wine for such a young age. This 2005's bouquet boasts fantastically precise cassis notes supported by briary notes and tertiary underpinnings of mushrooms, sweet black licorice, sous bois, and the hallmark of graves - melted road tar. Delineated by bursts of fresh acidity, this second wine shows a knack for superb (yet unobtrusive) cellar tecnique, dazzling pedigree and stupendous terroir; and the medium-full bodied palate matches the bouquet like a mirror. Magrez hit the nail on the head with this entry which is unmistakably 2005 Graves.
Unctuous and still slightly structured (the tannic shape is almost like an odd mix of structure behind the velvet that is, in my best guess, 70% maturely integrated...but all 100% of them are so, so, so juicy and sweet!), the juice in my glass is not shy and is well into its drinking window, but, I suppose the plateau will be moderate but evolutionarily slow from this point on to roughly 2016+ if kept in a cool cellar. For those who do not mind highly evolved wines on the cusp of loosing freshness of fruit, this wine should hold on for 3-4 years thereafter. This vintage just goes from strength to strength.. Should be interesting to taste the 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010 all side by side in a few years.. Now if I can just not drink them all..
For the sheer pleasure factor I would want to give this wine a 93-95, but the heat on the still long and delicious finish takes away from that a bit (even only at 13%), and so does the fact that while super delineated, the qualities in this wine overlap in a muddled way (taste this wine next to the grand vin and you'll know what I am talking about). Still, at this price, if you can still find any... I hope you have bought the entire inventory before even reading this far into my review (and if you still haven't, well then shame on you!).
3rd March 2013 The last bottle I tasted was in 2010. Based on the tasting notes of that bottle, it would appear thar I left it late to taste the second bottle. The nose is not intense with any specific bouquet. There are some legs though not significant. The first mouthful tasted a little sweet and further mouthfuls brought out some chocolate. The finish was not especially long. As such, I would prefer this wine in its youth rather than after a longer cellaring period. Still, it is a medium bodied wine that can be enjoyed.
Fragrant and earthy, with notes of black cherries, black currants, blackberries cassis, sweet licorice, cigar box, eucalyptus, tar, sandalwood, and a whiff of barnyard. The cherry and cigar box notes intensify in the glass, picking up shards of gravelly minerality. Seamless on the palate, full-bodied, well-integrated, with a velvety texture, and great purity of depth and fruit. Outstanding. 92+
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