Ruby-red. Superripe black cherry, chocolate and coffee liqueur on the nose. Lush, sweet and superconcentrated, with an almost port-like richness to its exotic berry liqueur flavors. Underlying minerality gives shape to this outsized wine, which finishes with big, fine-grained, building tannins. This and the Faugeres are both at the extreme of ripeness in 2005 without quite crossing the line. Fans of sheer size may rate these wines even higher.
Powerful aromas – very ripe and arresting. Big and sweet – a heavyweight boxer of a wine. No mystery about the direction in which this wine’s cap is set. Arguably not much to do with St-Émilion although it certainly cannot be ignored. Masses of heavy oak. Not for me but fine within its own lights.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017