True to the vintage, the 2005 Cuvée Laurène is a deep, densely knit, almost brooding wine. Complex and complete, the '05 has excellent structure and balance, and it is clear that patience will be very well rewarded. In contrast to the 2004, which was softer, more immediately floral, and tipped to the red-fruit spectrum, the 2005 Laurène is darker and carries a more serious air. Notes of black fruits and spice are clearly present. The body is rich and the finish long, suggesting a minimum ageing potential of 10 or more years.