Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bordeaux Meets Burgundy - 2005 Bordeaux

Bordeaux Meets Burgundy

Drinking 2005 Bordeaux is always a pleasure. At just over 4 years of age, this should be interesting to see how everything's going. The star, of course, was 2005 Mouton-Rothschild. Yeah, tasting $1000 wine is always epic. We even needed tickets to get a taste. It's a very surprising wine - certainly not the overblown, oak monster you think it'd be, after all that Parker's written about it. It's sublime, very balanced, very elegant, very concentrated. Oaky at the moment, but clearly a special wine. The rest of the 2005's were showing favourably. Finely structure, and a vintage that I'm looking forward to drink over the next 20 years.

2005 Château Mouton-Rothschild, AC Pauillac 1er Cru: oaky nose, concentrated, big structure but very, very fine tannins, incredible balance, elegant and very polished
2005 Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, AC Pauillac 2ème Cru: perfumed nose, creamy fruit, finish is a bit coarse, very dry
2005 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, AC Pessac-Léognan: good nose, fresh fruits, dark berries, very fine structure
2005 Château Montrose, AC Saint-Estèphe 2ème Cru: perfumed nose, juicy berries, hard structure, very big, dry finish, needs time but should be very good
2005 Château Brane-Cantenac, AC Margaux 2ème Cru: a bit vegetal on the nose, good stuffing, dark berries, sweet fruit, structure remains tight
2005 Château L'Arrosée, AC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru: perfumed fruit, good balance, gorgeous aromas, big structure


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