2005 Chateau Goulee
"Proprietor Michel Reybrie and his winemaker, Jean-Guillaume Prats, have fashioned a brilliant blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. The dark purple-hued 2005 reveals a sumptuous bouquet of licorice, black currants, black olives, smoke, and damp earth. Fleshy and supple-textured with good tannin as well as decent acidity, this seriously-endowed, complex effort can be consumed over the next 12-14 years."
"(80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot) Good full ruby-red. Cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose. Densely packed, supple and sweet, but with the cut and balancing freshness of the vintage. In a distinctly modern style, and fresh and persistent on the finish. But this is to drink, not to age, advises Jean-Guillaume Prats, who directs winemaking for owner Michel Reybier. He noted that Les Pagodes de Cos, the second wine of Cos d'Estournel, is similar in its modern style to this blend, which comes from mostly cabernet on gravelly soils about 20 miles north of St. Estephe, but that Pagodes has more spicy complexity and aging potential." -87-90 Points - Stephan Tanzer - International Wine Cellar