(2001 Vintage) Bright pale color. Musky aromas of ripe stone fruits and smoke; less obvious and more nuanced than the Reserve. Round fat and full with excellent depth to the flavors of nectarine and honey. Offers a lovely combination of sweetness fruit intensity and energy. Very long and smooth on the back end. Pierre Trimbach notes that this fruit was picked at the beginning of the harvest with 14.5% potential alcohol; he ranks the '05 with '04 and '00 as among the best recent vintages for this bottling.