Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore
Tasted Friday, October 23, 2009 by Paul S with 789 views
Truth to tell, I was a little disappointed by the vintage on this showing. Pretty good, but certainly not worth the prices the wines are going at - I would place this between 1999 and 2004 in terms of quality. From the wines tasted, it appeared quite forward and easy drinking, with plenty of fleshy fruit character, but without the weight and substance of better vintages. Tannins and acids are generally well-shaped and pretty ripe, but these are more drinking wines than ones for long aging. One or two wines did stand-out - I particularly like the Pauillacs in general and especially the Pichon Baron in particular. Whites and Sauternes were pretty nice too.
This tasting confirmed the impression of quality that I got at last year's UGC tasting. In fact, with some of the overt oakiness having come down, some wines were showing even better. What is there left to say about this vintage? Great quality across the board, fine structures, good acidity, good fruit - it takes quite a bit of skill to make a bad wine in 2005. I was especially impressed by the Pichon-Baron, which I did not try last year. The trio of St Juliens, Leoville Barton, Poyferre and Branaire-Ducru, all shown again, as did the Lynch-Bages. The Margaux wines were also showing better this time round. All in all, a great success, with plenty of wines with great aging potential.