UGC 2005 Bordeaux Tasting (and dinner)

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Tasted Monday, January 21, 2008 by winefool with 857 views

Introduction

The much anticipated 2005 tasting. Overall the wines showed very high quality but as expected mostly pretty tight. Tough in some ways to really capture the character and quality at this young age. Also didn't have a lot of time to evaluate each wine as this year was limited to 2 hour windows.

Post tasting dinner at Primehouse was good fun with Chef Gresh...

Flight 1 - The Whites (4 Notes)

Flight 2 - The Reds (25 Notes)

  • 2005 Château Pape Clément 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Full plush purple red color. Lovely rich plush plum red fruit nose. Big bold relatively tight chocolate black fruit on the palate with a firm tannic backbone. Young, but great stuffing. 93-94+ pts.

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  • 2005 Château Smith Haut Lafitte 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Full deep red/purple color. Big red fruit perfume nose. Medium bodied tight black fruit and coffee notes. Very tight right now, could be better with time.

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  • 2005 Château Angélus 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Full depp red/purple color. Huge forward cassis liaquer nose of ripe black fruit. nice big rich black fruit and coffee with a long graphite finish. Structured, but reasonably approachable. 94+ pts.

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  • 2005 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Round soft purple color. Lovely lithe red/black fruit with a nice perfume note. Nice structure red and black fruit but a bit more round and fruit-forward than many others. Nice.

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  • 2005 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Clean black red color. big very ripe red/black fruit nose with cassis hints. Mmmn, nice round rich black fruit with just a hint of green complexity. Very nice. 94+ pts.

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  • 2005 Clos Fourtet 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Full soft opaque purple color. Medium nose of smoky cassis. Tight blcak fruit with coffee notes. Tight but good stuffing.

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  • 2005 Château Larcis Ducasse 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    For me this was the wine of the tasting (surprisingly a wine a don't know well at all). Full deep red color. Towering aroma of perfumed black/red fruit and spice. Mmmmn, lovely rich chocolate black fruit with some spice and lots of pencil lead on the long structured finish. Great stuffing, but actuall enjoyable now too... 95-96 pts.

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  • 2005 Château Larmande 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Soft medium red color. Medium forward nose of coffee and ared fruit. Medium bodied red fruit wiht a touch of green. Decent, but lacking the stuffing of others.

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  • 2005 Château Pavie Macquin 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Full soft purple red color. Lovely ripe round red fruit nose. Nice light medium bodied red friut with good balanced strcuture underneath. Lithe in 05??!

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  • 2005 Château Clinet 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Full soft red color. Tight clean nose of bright red fruit with chocolate hints. Nice medium bodied but good structure with graphite and pencil notes. 93-94 pts.

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  • 2005 Château Gazin Pomerol 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Medium opaque purple color. Nice red fruit on the palate with some sage herbal notes. Nice ripe fruit with firm but balanced structure. 92-93 pts.

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  • 2005 Château La Conseillante 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Medium bright red color. Bright lifted floral red fruit nose. Nice brigth acidic medium red fruit on the palate. Easy but nice.

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  • 2005 Château Cantemerle 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc

    Bright medium red color. Medium nose of spicy red fruit. Nice enough round red fruit , but a bit simple. I was hoping to find a sleeper here in 05, but no luck...

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  • 2005 Château Brane-Cantenac 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Full red purple color. Big bright red fruit and spice. Lovely rich ripe red fruit wiht some floral and spice notes. Lovely Margaux... 94+?

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  • 2005 Château Cantenac Brown 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Medium oqaque purple color. Forward black fruit nose with licorice hitns . Nice ripe black fruit on the palate.

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  • 2005 Château Giscours 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Full soft purple color. Big blakc fruit nose with just a hint of heat. Nice big sweet black/red fruit with plenty of tannins, but they don't show up until the finish. 93-94 pts.

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  • 2005 Château Kirwan 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Full deep soft red color. Odd nose of smoky black fruit with a hint of heat and the sense of acidity. Big round black fruit with firm tannin. Nice, but nothing really special.

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  • 2005 Château Lascombes 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Medium soft red color. Clean slightly sweet medium nose of red fruit. Nice sweet rich red fruit on the palate. Lighter but good friut and I though the oak was pretty well integrated. 93-94 pts.

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  • 2005 Château Beychevelle 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Medium red color. Nice round red/black fruit with some spice and a coffee hint. Big clean black fruit with a cassis note in the finish (and some sourness).

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  • 2005 Château Branaire-Ducru 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Full deep coffee red color. Big nose of spicy red/blak fruit. Nice slightly candied red fruit with good round structure. Nice. 93+ pts.

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  • 2005 Château Gruaud Larose 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Full deep red color. Medium spicy red friut nose with black spice, leather, and a green note. Good black fruit with coffee note and a green streak.

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  • 2005 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Full soft red color. Medium bright black fruit nose with a hint of heat. Nice rich chocolate covered blackberry with stiff tannins. Long finish.

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  • 2005 Château Léoville Barton 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Bright ruby purple color. Medium nose of spicy black fruit. Big concentrated black fruit with some dusty black spice and briar. Very tight, but great potential. 93-94 pts.

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  • 2005 Château Léoville Poyferré 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Medium coffee red color. Slightly candied black fruit nose with some spice and perhaps just a hint of reduction. Big black friut palate with good stuffing and potential.

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  • 2005 Château Haut-Bages Libéral 88 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Full ruby purple color. Monolithic black fruit nose with some spice. Tight angular black fruit on the palate.

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Flight 3 - The Sweeties (5 Notes)

Flight 4 - With Dinner (6 Notes)

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