Conrad Interntational, Singapore
Tasted Monday, May 26, 2008 by Paul S with 855 views
This was a great opportunity to have a (rather large) snapshot of the much-hyped 2005 vintage, as well as a chance to talk to the winemakers about their perspectives with a tasting event of the 2005 vintage and then dinner with winemakers and back vintages of each wine.
So, did 2005 live up to its hype. A resounding "Yes"! for both the red and whites wines. I found the vintage to be marked with succulent, fleshy ripe fruit balanced with fresh, vibrant acidity and physiological ripeness showing in great tannic structure with very little greeness at all. Friendly now despite the huge structure in many of the wines, but capable in most cases of decades of aging.
Quality was almost uniformly good throughout the communes and the Chateaux - it would take real neglect or carelessness to come up with a bad wine in 2005. Only Margaux was a little strange for me - many people loved the wines from this appelation, but I found them rather denser, riper and more obvious than normal - very un-Margaux like.
Stand out wines for me were Angelus, Pape Clement (blanc and rouge), Clinet, Canon La-Gaffaliere, Pontet Canet, Chevalier Blanc, Leoville-Barton.