My second bottle of 2005 Bordeaux. A deep red in colour. A rich and expansive nose. It can be smelt yards away: graphite, smoke, earth and plums. The palate is rich too, but it’s not all fruit: black plums and red cherries interlaced with the strong flavours of tobacco, smoke and minerals. A dry finish, but not grippy. Seems quite modern in style, and is certainly packing a punch. Soft tannins, with raspberry twist. Drink now, or cellar for a few years; whatever floats your boat really – up front and primary, or with some secondary characters. Was $35 en-primeur. 89 points. 13.0% abv. Drink 2011-2016+. And an end note, I would add that (1) the bottle is throwing a crust already, and (2) my wife reckons it is sweet.