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.
International Wine CellarMore subtle, oilier aromas of peach, orange, smoke and flint, complicated by floral and herbal nuances. Sweeter, smoother and fleshier than the Reserve, with ripe, smoky, slightly exotic fruit flavors. This is nearly 14% alcohol, from fruit harvested early.