September 9, 2020 - Superb wine, like drinking ribena, endless fruit and incredible stuff. Feels young still in 2020. 10 more to go, will wait for a while.
August 9, 2020 - Great wine!
July 23, 2020 - hints of graphite and cherry on the nose, balanced and round, the palate shows dried cherry, leather, tobacco and stone, excellent structure, plush texture, beautiful after a couple of hours in the decanter, just effortless with lovely lift, going to match with hamburger steak
July 19, 2020 - This is one of five 2005 Bordeaux's I have had from my cellar over the last 10 days. Chevalier, along with Leoville Barton and Pontet Cadet were outstanding - classic Bordeaux that is ready to enjoy.
Leoville Poyferre was very good, but a hot finish kept it from being outstanding.
The final wine Pavie-Macquin was totally undrinkable (I tried two bottles in one night with the same outcome). Stewed, cooked and porty - a fault somewhere at the winery or in transit, but not, I expect from storage at Vintages or my 57 degree cellar as, although I have had corked wines from my cellar, not cooked or stewed wines, which strongly suggests that the storage and handling of wine at Vintages was not the cause.
Previous 2005's tried a while ago were Branaire-Ducru and Malescot St-Exupery which were both excellent. Still have not cracked a bottle of the 2005 Trotanoy and I look forward to that in 4 or 5 years!
A great vintage in Bordeaux.
July 18, 2020 - Gift to K vacay
June 6, 2020 - I like drinking this wine without a decant. Fresh and linear at the start building to more red fruit half way the bottle and darker fruit and earthy notes towards the bottom of the bottle.
April 29, 2020 - Still young but is easily enjoyed anyways. Lovely somewhat muted fruit and also approachable tannins. Deep red color and medium aftertaste. Evident that this is only just beginning its "window of opportunity"
April 7, 2020 - Sweet. Primary. Deep. Fantastic. Will last another twenty years. Better from 2025.
March 24, 2020 - Still a baby. Nice with food but needs more time.
March 2, 2020 - Not ready nor even nearly. However the potential for a splendid, refined 2005 is here and promising, though first this is asking for much patience. Cheers,