January 3, 2020 - Surprisingly primary for an Ormes of this age, but perhaps less surprising for 2005, which I occasionally fear will go from primary to kaput quite suddenly. This felt quite Merlot dominated, with lots of ripe plums, verging into prune territory, alongside the more classic blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. Lovely creamy structure with nice firm tannins. Needs a long decant, but wonderful with beef.
September 29, 2019 - This is in a great spot—early maturity. It’s on the lean side but typical blackout fruit character. Spicy herbal and a bit of smoke and burnt ends on the nose. Palate fine, narrow, still tannic and fresh, but everything in balance. Nice length on the finish. I don’t see this getting “better” just different. Fans of more “classic” bdx will appreciate.
September 14, 2019 - Exploding corks
August 10, 2019 - Pencils, blueberry and red currants, subtle oak. Has developed beautifully the last ten years. Classic left bank.
July 13, 2019 - Based on my last TN for this wine, I decanted it for about 30 minutes and the evolution was significant. Initially, the nose showed some dark red fruit and cedar. After decanting, the dark red fruits increased and came to the fore, and the cedar receded. On the palate the wine was medium to plus bodied, with lots of dark red fruits, some earth, a bit of cedar and spice, balancing acidity, and only a touch of drying tannins.
The 2005 vintage is turning out to be truly wonderful, even with wines of a lesser pedigree, such as this Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel from Saint-Estephe. The blend here is 58% Cab. Sauv, 36% Merlot and 6% Cab. Franc. This wine can hold for several more years.
May 20, 2019 - Opened bottle 5 hours before dinner. Did not decant. Nice level of tannins, still there. Long finish. Fine St. Estephe. Right in its drinking window.
April 3, 2019 - Cerise noire, tabac, vieux cèdre, graphite
Bel équilibre. Très bien fait!
February 8, 2019 - Very elegant and refined.
January 18, 2019 - This wine needs AIR! After a 20 minute decant, we are greeted with aromas of dark red fruits and earth. The medium to plus palate shows these same dark red fruits, earth, some cedar, well integrated tannins, and acidity to balance. We are delighted with how so many of the 2005 Bordeaux have evolved, and will continue to delight for years to come.
January 1, 2019 - Really nice structure and fruit.
Nice round tannins with cedar and graphite, somme
earth and chocolate with a very long and smooth ending.