At this point in my life (almost 60), this is what I am really looking for in great Bordeaux vintages. That is to say, wines that are affordable, drink with out requiring a decade or more of cellaring and provide pleasure. This one is $23 and is drinking quite well today. However, unlike most of the wines on the table this night, this started strong, held out for a while and faded. Based on that, it would seem prudent to drink these up in the next few years. And that's OK. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has leather, black cherries and slight cassis. Also a bit of tobacco and oak spice. On the palate, this has a nice texture. Very smooth and easy drinking. No depth. Cassis fruit. An ash note emerges with air. There is a bit of oak here which will out last the fruit. Still, for immediate drinking I liked this one very much.