This is a very good and quintessentially Bordeaux wine. Black currant/cassis, cherries, some briary notes, earth, a hint of tobacco. Drinks amazingly well right after popping and pouring and held up fine overnight. Never shut down, always remained ready to drink. Didn’t materially change from night one to night two and was a pleasure wine all the way through. On the ripe side for Bordeaux, but definitely still nice and fresh, and not a bit blowsy. I liked this a lot and it’s a very good second wine to be sure. The Chapelle de la Mission is a better wine in 2005 in my opinion, and more age-worthy. This Croix de Beaucaillou could be kept for 5-10 years, I’m sure, but this is drinking so well right now that I think I’ll finish mine off in the next year or two.
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