June 26, 2021 - The fruit remains strong and in perfect harmony with the structural elements of earth, iron and leather. Long finish. Seems to have a few years left but I will not wait before opening another. It is that good.
February 27, 2021 - Gained weight, complexity as it opened. Initially very light bodied and a tad too sweet. After 20-30 minutes it had more sweet prune, Asian spices, chewy tannins. Definitely on the downslope but a good light bodied red with more mellow CDP like features that’s very enjoyable if your expectations are appropriately calibrated.
February 5, 2021 - Fully mature nose of raisin, bay leaves, blackberry and charcuterie. Peppar and tobacco. Plum and meat stock. Very typical and quite complex.
Fullish, sweet-fruity palate. Liquorice, dried plum and flowers. Some gravels. Fiery and typical. Mature but well preserved. A tad simple on palate than on nose. A pointe.
July 3, 2020 - Hoping for a good treat from this 2005 but wine lacked power. Was fully evolved and very mellow but fruit subdued. Cork dark magenta and fines in last glass. Don't think it was past prime; just not a lot of stuffing present to begin with. Did seem to be a good food wine, as it wasn't overpowering and will let meat show through, taking off a bit of the edge. Ready now.
March 8, 2020 - Soft, mature but holding on what I would take to be a plateau that could last another 5 years.
March 26, 2019 - Decided to PnP having read some comments on here.
Half bottle tonight, other half vacuvined.
Roast lamb in the oven.
rich garnet core fading to a pinky orange rim.
On the immediate nose spice and wood, followed after a few swirls, with pepper.
On the palate, rich, rounded, with noticable acidity and tannin on the palate with hints of tart fruit that become almost medicinal.
With food the tannins and acidity worked well to offset the richness of the lamb (shoulder so quite fatty), and in interaction with the food some dormant tart red fruit favours appeared.
Day 2 and the wine has mellowed. It drank very well with the left over lamb now turned into shepherds pie. The nose is more muted, and the alcohol more to the fore. Rich and almost creamy on the palate, the tannins have softened.
This is the only bottle I have of this wine from a mixed case of CNdPs from TWS, so I've nothing to compare it with.
It's pleasant, certainly not great or outstanding, and best drunk with food.
Won't be seeking out this wine, regardless of the vintage, in the future. Unusually in my experience, hardly any sediment for a CNdP.
August 24, 2018 - Herb crusted lamb chops were on he menu and I wanted to find a wine with savory notes and moderate structure to match. This did the trick. A more warm, red, mourvedre style complexion. Nice shimmer in the glass. Not the most dynamic CdP but delivered a good mouthfeel and red fruit and dried herbs/spices aroma. Was outgunned by a pair of '01s served around the same time (Pegau, Chave Hermitage - serious juice), but was happy with how the Bosquet had held up over time. Seems to be in a nice drinking plateau right now, my guess it will hold here for a while.
July 21, 2016 - Last bottle, and a really good one at that. The Bosquet '05 is now fully developed with complex, highly typical aromas and a silky smooth, viscous texture. Served slightly chilled the alcohol isn't a problem, and the moderate perceived sweetness goes well with our selection of cheeses - tomme de chèvre and truffle pecorino. A real treat! Most likely won't benefit from further ageing, although well cellared bottles should keep for the rest of the decade.
November 27, 2015 - Nice wine. Has the right amount of age on it to resolve some of the lackluster characteristics I found when I last tried this vintage, some 7 years ago. Which is one of the reasons I'm so intrigued with wine...that I can lay a bottle down and come back to it after many years and behold the evolution of the chemistry contained in a bottle of liquid. Sometimes it doesn't work out for the better but in this case it has....Oh what fun.
So yes, the wine has rounded out well and has a pleasant if understated bouquet of red fruits. Just a hint of blackberry, but mostly spice and wood notes. Medium body and medium length. Breathed off a bit of petrol funk in the first 30 minutes and then continued to improve over a 6 hr decant when it finally got finished off.
Overall I think that the offering is still a bit below par for where I would like to see a CdP, especially from a not so bad vintage.
Additional age might still clean this wine up a bit and help reveal some of its finer notes. Its resolved now and the acid tannin balance is quite good, but my sense is that another 4-5 years wouldn't be a bad thing for this one.
September 26, 2015 - Pretty funky in the nose department- "barnyard" is cutting it some slack. Also, initially it was a bit astringent and muddled. Just a bit brown around the edges - and this bottle has been cellared very carefully. Over about one hour it opened up a bit and near the end it was much more pleasant to drink, but still was, as others have noted, short on the usual, classic CDP characteristics. Probably time to drink up, if you have it, and let it breathe for at least an hour