The 2005 vintage was excellent in Bordeaux and most are open and drinking well right now. This wine showed wonderfully. Ruby in color with some browning. The nose is classic with cassis, char, tobacco, leather and cherries. Medium bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, cassis and black cherries with some spice and a bit of dry earthiness. Some complexity. Nice texture. Good finish. This wine is just about at peak (or maybe a bit past). Drink these sooner than later. It will be better with food. Beef stew with roasted root vegetables would be a nice match.
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