($60) Medium red-ruby. Ripe, smoky aromas of plum and caramel; this smells opulent! Fat and sweet in the mouth, with a slightly roasted character to the supple plum and leather flavors. In a heavier style than the 2006 but with a reasonably fine-grained texture. Finishes with dusty tannins. I find this less refined than the 2006, but there's more material and ripeness here.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Offers a beautiful nose of crushed blackberry and cherry, with hints of flowers. Full-bodied, with a lovely balance of silky, caressing tannins and ripe fruit. Very long and minerally, with mint and eucalyptus character. A wonderful wine from this estate.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89
Proprietor Xavier Borie has turned out a beautiful silky-textured Pauillac revealing classic creme de cassis, licorice, and tar-like characteristics interwoven with cedar and roasted herb notes. Medium-bodied and elegant, it is more St.-Julien-like in personality than Pauillac. But who's complaining? This 2005 will provide lovely drinking in its youth, yet age well for 15 or more years.
Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Very dark crimson. Light nose but all in balance. Very opulent start - tea leaves - all texture rather than flavour at the moment but a very flattering texture. Needs quite a time to knit but the tannins are very well hidden.
Very disappointed in this wine. I like younger wines but can appreciate age. This one was kept under optimal conditions but it has faded. It has some plum but no other detectible flavors. Pretty much a washed out wine.