It has a very ripe and opulent, quite showing bouquet with fig and date-tinged red berry fruit. The palate is very well balanced, a supple ball of red cherry and strawberry fruit, with a touch of Christmas cake and allspice towards the finish.
Drink 2008-2018. Parker 92. This huge, historic property, owned by Stephan von Neipperg, appears to have produced their finest wine to date. The dense purple-tinged 2005 offers up notes of creme de cassis, charcoal, camphor, and espresso roast. A sleeper of the vintage, it is a full-bodied, layered, super-concentrated, smooth as silk blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Enjoy this superb bargain-priced claret over the next 8-10 years.
92 rating from Tanzer, most community 89-91 Big, and fruit forward. Tasty, but rather simple. Doesn't really seem like a typical Bordeaux, especially not a Right Bank Bordeaux. Even though Cab Franc is supposed to be a relatively small percentage of the blend, the red fruit flavors predominate.
Decanter(2001 Vintage) Rating: 3/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Dense colour, very ripe almost jammy fruit. Soft, smooth texture, tannins well fleshed out, firm finish. Ready 2004-2008. (Tasted en primeur)