Robe de couleur grenat fonce ... Nez sur le chaume, la terre et les fruits rouges ... Papilles sur les fruits rouges avec des notes empyreumatiques ... Les tanins sont toujours très serres ... Belle finale ...
On it's own: Quite young, a little tannic, tight, green but lots of potential here. Quite an obvious cabernet franc note here. With braised beef in onion: much more open, very good, hints of much greater Bordeaux. Still young, good fruit, spicy. More merlot-like now. Afterwards and it tightens up again. This needs more time. ... 8 days later! (transferred to half bottle and stored in fridge): Much more open but still fresh and fruity (strong cassis). Not a hint of oxidation. In fact the tannin is still perceptible when drunk on it's own. These 2005s look like they could live a very long life!
Great nose, soft tannin. Good entry-level Bordeaux. Good value. Slightly drying, not too sweet. Some noticeable oak. Quite fruity and chewy after food (initially drank with cottage pie). Some life yet. Following day it seemed too tannic, fruity and young (without food this time). I also got some liquorice and ripeness I didn't find previous day. I'm going to give this a few more years.
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