2 hour decant. Drunk to assess drinking window. Tight, focussed fruit with tannic grip and touch of cocoa and liquorice. Drinks nicely if you like young high quality claret. I do - but the potential over the next 5-10yrs (?15) to integrate and open out at the same time into a 92+ wine means my next bottle will not be opened till 2016 at the earliest. Another quintessentially English style claret and a personal favourite!
Opened 1-2 hrs before drinking with a steak. From a 375 ml: classic old world structure with generous (for a classic French Bordeaux) fruit. Black fruit and tobacco on the nose. Medium weight body with black fruit and a touch of plum. Cigar tobacco on the medium finish. Smooth tannins still persist. Much easier on the palate than 2-3 years ago. The best may still be yet to come. I will wait another 3 to 5 years on my 750 ml.
Good! Was never really fond of Chasse-Spleen, but 05 is good. Open the bottle well in advance, right now. Strong tannins, elegant fruit of cherry, acidity gives elegance. Still young, so no need to hurry opening this vintage's bottles.
Bought a case en primeur and has been looking forward to tasting it. Still very young, but with great potential. Dark ruby colour. Delicate notes of eucalyptus and a touch of smoke. Starts to show greater depth and complexity after some air. Will benefit from at least 2 or 3 more years of cellaring, and should keep for 10+ years.
Super beau "Claret"...typé et fort bien fait encore une fois. Beau nez sur le cèdre, la terre, les cerises et les herbes. En bouche, texture fine avec un beau fruit rouge et encore de la sève. Tanins bien intégrés et finale longue sur des relents de laurier.
Christmas wine number 1 - decanted at 9am and first glass at 1pm - too long IMO and lost some of the subtle fruit flavours. Still, smooth and round with good balance but I think for this one an hour decant and drink over 2 is good. Still a fave.
Finally o concede this must be a 90 pt wine. Took from cellar, decanted bright and clear. Crystals for sink - consistent. I wonder if initial bottles were still shocked from travel? Good nose including pineapple strangely - uk readers will know "fruit salad" penny chews... Similar. Wonderful round attack, clean and long, strong beginning middle and end. 30/40 second finish. And, it's only been decanted 30 mins and not yet to room temp. We'll enjoy this bottle and I will be tracking down some mags for the future.
Belle bouteille sur le fruit. Beaucoup de cassis et de cerises avec un peu de cèdre. En bouche, ample et frais. Des cerises et du chocolat avec de beaux tannins enrobés. Long et persistant. Bon et très gouteux.
Drinking nicely now. Definitely the only wine in the flight that was in it's peak window. #1 wine for the group, 3 for me. Definitely a nice wine but nothing interesting/worth discussing on this one. That said I love inexpensive wines from great BDX vintages.
This was a 1/2 bottle that I bought in Paris 3 years ago. The nose was simpler than I expected. It had a strong aromas of dark fruits (cassis / berry / plum) and cigar box at the open, but somehow the nose vanished after an hour decanting in the bottle. This wine had a very nice acidity and a complex and round palate, it tasted like drinking round creamy milk. It had a first palate of dark fruit and and a second palate between dark fruit and red fruit. It also had a nice herbal finish. A nice wine. I would give it a higher score if the nose is more complex. 5+10.5+17+7.5=90pts
Beautiful bouquet, creamy, cassis and beautiful oak. On the palate beside the dark fruits also red fruits. Some red bell peppers. The wine has more acidity than the 2009, round but powerful tannin and good bitterness. Although enjoyable already, not extremely special. Maybe with some more age on it the wine will show better. For tonight 89.
Can Thisbe a 90 pt wine?? Trick with this one is to remove from cellar at least a few days before to allow to warm and any fine sediment to settle out. This one was dark on the cork, a rich nose raspberry and cassis. A good sign. Crystals saved for the sink. Decanted bright and ruby clear. A slightly muted nose and a little hot 10 mins after decant. Quite slow legs. Almost clear on the rim with fine dusty texture visible. A little chalky texture to taste. Needs more air time, impatience. I really love this wine and would buy more. For now though I've talked myself out of a 90.....
Dark crimson with a little orange rim. First nose of wood and sweet red berries jam, traces of chalk. A delicate nose of very damped forest floor, sweet cassis, some floral notes and freshly cut spiced wood, traces of mineral at the end. Glycerol entry but not particularly fruity, medium bodied and moderately tannic, ripe and round, packs of pure ripe cassis in the palate, sweet and balanced. Easy medium harmonious finish with black fruit juice. Overall showed the balanced character of Medoc with a bit delicacy, a light-weight red of Bordeaux. Strong Bordeaux character of damped earth, moderate tannin and weight for Medoc. An appetizing wine.
Amazing what a difference from the previous bottle. That is what treating it well does! Removed from the cellar and stood upright in a cool cupboard for two weeks before drinking. Decanted 2 hours before. Rich mouth feel and great balance, good fruit but also some complexity and secondary flavours changing and enhancing a meal. Really very good and look forward to savouring future bottles rather than pop and pour cold like the previous. My bad!
I have tasted the 2001 and the 2003, and I must say that they were great wines. I was impressed by how refined, elegant yet firmly-structured these were so when I chanced upon this at K&L I could not resist buying especially this vintage and price. Dark crimson turning violet at the rim with a nose of dark berries and violets. This offers a full body with a deeply concentrated structure offering flavors of black currant, scorched Médoc earth, graphite, pencil shavings, and vanilla. As you let it breath for at least 45 minutes flavors of tobacco and mushrooms unravel. Finishes long and juicy with mild rustic tannin that indicates a long shelf life. Very sophisticated and hard to resist now. Best Chasse-Spleen I've tasted. Drink from 2013 to 2023.
We were scared when we first opened this ... the nose suggested brett or corking. But it all burned off after about 2 hours, and the nose settled to elegant rose petals, blueberry skins, and lush June leaves (whenever we start to think of nature and the seasons, we know we've hit something good). Lovely palate of roses and sugared violet. Medium-length finish with a light touch of dry herbs. Very classic structure with effortless movement from palate to finish. Dark red robe.
Another 2005 vintage Bordeaux wine which should not had been opened at this stage; allowed to breathe in the bottle for about 30 min first; weak nose of caramel, cherries, and roses; the well-structured palate was acidic, oaky, and tannic with bitter chocolate, mixed spices, and wet wood; medium- to full-bodied; 88-89 for now; lots of potential ahead based on the solid structure and lingering finish; should improve quite a bit in 10 years.
This seems very much like it's going through its adolescent closed phase right now, but there's plenty of life underneath, with blueberry, cherry, rose-petal tinged fruit. I think it'll come out on the other side in 5 years as a pretty classic little wine.
Medium(+) ruby, narrow slow-moving tainted legs. Upon opening a medium developing nose of red berries, spice with brambles/dried leaves and lead pencil coming in later. Dry, high acidity, medium tannins, medium(+) alcohol and medium body. Medium(+) flavours of cherries, black berries, boysenberries, notes of black pepper, cocoa, mineral. Rich velvet texture, very well structured resulting in a great length and a focussed balanced dry finish. Decant. Cellar potential 5-10 years. Very good.
Smooth and classy. Very approachable right from pop and pour. Drinking this feels like wearing a well-made suit. Still, I prefer something less formal and a good Chinon would have been more fun (if less smart and polished).
Stored to warm but I was pleasantly surprised to find a bottle that opened fairly quickly into a very enjoyable experience. I've just confirmed an order for some of the 2009. Very impressed. (No notes taken at the time).
My favorite 2005 Bordeaux to date. Very, very solid. A classic Bordeaux. The concentration is very good. The only reservation I have, and it is a small one, is the tight and austere finish. I think that will come into it's own with time though. If I had another bottle of this I'd wait two plus years to open it. The closest comparison is the 2003 Potensac but that wine was riper and more fruity. This is a better wine, particularly if it develops just a little more. There is plenty of stuffing to easily carry this lovely offering another 5 years.
Two 750s at Grill 23 with the Kupfermans. Just the faintest hint of maturity. Opening nicely on the nose; oaky, rich dark fruit profile, a little brambly, earthy. Clearly one of their better years and a little surprisingly for the '05, drinking very well now. While it'll evolve, I don't think that this needs more time to really improve. Both bottles showed exactly the same. I liked this very much, but then again - when does wine not taste better when it's drunk with such great company?
This wine is more classical than I expected the previous moment I tasted it (in 2010). Good black fruits and oak, with a beautiful balance between sweetness and acidity and also good tannin which needs more time. In my TN of 2009 I mentioned the wine would probably be best between 2015 and 2023 and I second that. 2016 or 2017 might even be a better moment to start drinking this. Still 89 for now, but with potential for one or two points more in a few years.
Dark ruby, vibrant rim. Subtle nose yet rich in aromas like dark fruits, berries, brambles, delicate spice like black pepper, cinnamon, keeps inviting to return. Dry, medium-high acidity, high is soft and ripe tannins. Red cherries, more brambles, vanilla, some cocoa notes in the distance. Medium body, well structured, long and completely balanced (tannins-fruit-acidity) finish. This fruit-driven beauty displays elegance over power, restraint over display, a perfect food wine that complements yet never dominates the food (we had grilled lamb chops). Keep 0-5 years, value / money = 8.5. Very very good indeed.
Decanted only for an hour. Better than I expected from some tasting notes. Medium-bodied and stylish with typical Bordeaux character. Ripe berries and nice acidity on the palate. Long and clean finish with some coffee and chocolate notes. Very enjoyable and open now, but will surely improve.
Tasted blind – deep ruby in colour. Lots of merlot coming through on the nose with dark plums, cassis and some oaky notes as well. Soft in the mouth with concentrated flavours of dark fruits and oak. Medium acidity and tannins. Needs 5+ years. Very good. 88+
See also previous note from November last year. The wine is elegant. Already in adolescent stage and very pleasant. It develops faster than I expected and I have a few bottles, so there will be a follow up.
YES. Very nice, inky black colour and lovely Bordeaux mouth, cassis and black berries. Very nice now though young, will certainly be a star when it matures a little more. Best wine of the summer bunch(Albi, La Reserve, 2010).
beautifully rich nose, dark cherries and a hint of blackcurrant. it has really pretty elements, but they are surprisingly butch. a lovely palate, still needs to resolve a little for me taste, but it is in a very good place right now. lots of fruit, lots of structure.
Firm and classical wine with good tannin and acidity. Pleasant oak. In a vintage like 2005 I expected a bit more from this domain, but it is certainly a very good wine. The ultimate drinking window is probably between 2015 and 2023.
Decanted and left in cellar for 4 hours, very well balanced, reticent fruit, oak present but not standing out at all. Surprisingly good for such a young bordeaux, not as tannic as expected. Keep, this will gain complexity with time.
oak, cedar, marsipan-like sweetness and a core of cassis. After a while strong floral notes (white flowers), with even caramel. Taste: cassis, cedar and blackberry, very open and with an attractive sweetness to it, no harsh tannins, but enough grip and a relatively fresh finish, again with the floral notes. The white flowers give this wine an extra dimension. Medium / long length. Second day more pure cassis, floral character has pretty much died. I like this, but not enough to purchase it. Very open now 89 pts
Bottle from Bordeaux, rested in home cellar a few weeks. Decanted and poured within a few mintues. Medium pooling blue, red rim, reflective and lively. These '05s are beautiful in the glass. Clear glycerin legs. Tart blackberry, and whiff of violets and dried porcini. Attractive almost a provencal blend that followed the strong fruit profile of blackberry and cassis, wound around a tight cedar core. Bright in the mouth, clean cut, and lengthening. Good alone, and I think helpful & tannic enough for dry rub grilled pork ribs. Drink or wait, but it's healthy now.
I don't have much experience with Californian Cabernets, but W.H. has kindly brought over some old Ridge York Creeks which I thought were absolutely splendid - and they are the current ideal for the genre of that vague idea that is called typicity. They had true Cabernet aromas and even were quite Bordeaux-like to the extent that they were restrained and savoury, earthy and slightly green (this colour is positive for me) except that they had a more upfront fruitiness that shouted California instead. This 2005 seems also like my ideal of Californian Cabernet. And I really do not mean this in a bad way - I loved the old York Creeks and I really, really enjoyed this Chasse-Spleen.
There is a delightful, slightly green and herbal savouriness that counters the sweet and dark fruit aromas. It is stereotypical left-bank with its scents of pencil shavings and cassis and with the slight, savoury greenness; but the dark fruit is so sunny and sweet without being at all pruny or raisiny that it brings to my mind the Ridges. There is some new oak here, but that is just background music. Full bodied, very ripe and sunny, but not cloying at all. Rather, this is refreshing, tannic and has decent enough acidity to be very moreish. I find the tannins extremely lovable in their paradoxical soft strength. This may be a little atypical because of its ripeness; but I think the ripeness is handled well and the result is a very lovable wine. I will certainly buy a couple bottles.
Wines over the weekend; 2/1/2008-2/2/2008 (at home): This is relatively open with a nose of subtle toasty oak, crushed vitamin minerality, red fruits and a floral top note. With air this becomes sweetly jammy with a savory overlay of vanilla, olive, roast meat, and gravel. Medium bodied and just a touch rigid at first this remains focused with lots of soft tannins adding a chewiness and good purity of slightly jammy cassis fruit filling the midpalate. The finish is moderately tannic with subtle leather and herb notes contributing a slight rusticity to the package but it is satisfyingly complex and muscularly sinewy.