(2005 Vintage) It is a dark purple in colour, with hints of purplish blue when young. After a few years, or even decades for the best vintages, its colour softens and becomes ruby red with hints of amber.
Robert Parker(2010 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/20/2013
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) One of the most memorable bottlings of our tastings of the 2005 Bordeaux, this wonderfully extracted effort captures all of the complexity and very deep curranty fruit for which the Pauillac appellation is justly revered, and it does so with a remarkable sense of balance and keen composition. It is clearly not one for the impatient, and its ample tannin requires upward of a decade before taming comes, but there are no questions at all about the depth of its fruity substance and its admirable stuf...
International Wine Cellar(2005 Vintage) Dark red-ruby. Multidimensional nose offers deep aromas of currant, cedar, coffee, tobacco and minerals. The palate offers a rare combination of sweetness, energy and depth, with superb grip and a layered texture to the flavors of plum, cedar, tobacco and minerals. The finish features sweet, noble tannins and outstanding length. I find this more complete and ultimately more exciting than the 2003, but this will need at least a decade of cellaring.
Robert Parker(2005 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2006
Decanter(1986 Vintage) Rating: 5/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Fine bouquet, with ripe, even caramely fruit. Fruit dominates.