March 9, 2020 - Sweet blackcurrant and coffee nose. Has matured really well in the last couple of years. Tannins have softened and the good weight of fruit has enable the wine to emerge excellently. Penetrating length. Finally ready to drink and should be at it's best for 5 years with a very slow decline thereafter.
January 5, 2020 - Great maturity and tannins that were so harsh at the onset have now melted together quite nicely. It is now in a plateau phase for a number of years. No real need to decant. Minimal sediment.
December 29, 2019 - Lighter purple color, great nose, still a bit tannic but overall soft and velvety with good fruit. Save for later to let it soften further but if you don't mind some tannin or have time to decant a couple hours, this is a fabulous wine. Great vineyard and great vintage combine for great results here.
December 27, 2019 - Wow, what a difference a year makes. 1 hour decant
December 26, 2019 - This is shutdown - clearly not ready yet... nose is muted, black fruit lurking. Mostly graphite with a hint of mint peaking through. Even on day 3, it still won't give up it's charms. I for one, will not open another bottle for at least 5 years. This needs time - and you can't rush it!
December 1, 2019 - Sampler quarterly. Green, thin mid-palate, fine tannins. 84-86.
November 25, 2019 - Very early maturity. Drinking really well with a short decant. The last few bottles of this over the last two years have been surprisingly accessible. The best is yet to come, but certainly no foul in opening one to enjoy now. Elegant and refined.
November 24, 2019 - Blind, deep inky dark cherry color, heavy notes of vanilla, toasty oak, rich, thick, dusty/stemmy tannins, a beast that needs a decade to soften whatever this is and should be enjoyable over the following 2 decades. Drink from 2030-2050
November 14, 2019 - Consistent with past notes, and continues to deliver great value. Balanced and concentrated, with crushed stone, mocha, blue and black fruit and some toasted oak, well integrated. Served alongside two other 2005 St. Julien and quite held its own.
November 14, 2019 - What a great bottle from Lagrange. 2005 doesn't get as good of a press as 2000, 2009, and 2010, but it certainly deserves it. This wine has come together with all the right pieces, where the fruit is still bright and holding up wonderfully, while the tannin is soft and fine grained.