(Decanter's Bordeaux '05, '09, '10 tasting) :: bouquet is starting to loosen and blossom, with notes of smoke and liquorice starting to show against the floral and primary elements. Palate is nicely balanced, though given the vintage, I would perhaps have expected more concentration and ripeness.
Started as a 92 or lower. Needed to breathe. Nose of olive, mushroom, truffle, and earth. Same taste. Sweet, flowery finish. I expected more from this wine. Age longer. Be patient. Then again, great buy at early futures price.
Bordeaux 2005 : Ten years on (Bordeaux Index London): Where is the lamb? Suave and tertiary already, and better from bottle than when I tried it from barrel some 10 years ago. The fruit is there but you get some earthy and even subtle animal notes. Seems to be on a faster evolutionary track, compared to Clerc Milon, but delicious.
Wow, very nice. Nose is black currant, truffle, cigar box, cedar oak, vanilla, tiny bit green. Flavor is black currant, strong cedar, espresso bean, hint of chocolate, medium/light tannin. Finish could be longer, but really a great bottle, classic Paulliac - loved it.
I decanted this one or two hours. For the price, appellation, and year, I expected much more from this bottling. The oak presence is so strong that it drowns out any other flavor profile. I never understood why winemakers use Oak to the point where it is the most prominent flavor in the glass. If anyone has any recommendations for an old world Bordeaux that is not so heavily oaked, can you please make a recommendation.
(Decanter Fine Wine Event): Still quite fruit driven but developing some good complexity. A lovely floral and herbal nose and rich and fresh mouthful of cassis and mulberry. Secondary notes are just starting to show. This should continue to develop beautifully.
Still very young, but showing lovely dark cassis fruit, with just a hint of the tertiary graphite, leather notes that you come to expect with a good claret approaching the end of its first decade. Lovely acidity, and grippy tannin, which suggest this will last quite a bit longer. Hang onto yours and don't open for at least another 5 years, though this is already a nice wine.
Almost 30 years of Bordeaux: Clear Bordeaux-Red. In the nose, it seems super young, a bit lactic at first (blackberry yoghurt) and rather modern. With more air, it shows more nuanced, the young, tart fruit stays, there's cassis, blackberry and black cherry, lighter (raspberry) overtones. On the palate, the wine is compact, has strong, but fine tannin, fine acidity, it's very dark overall, has good balance, but seems super young and underdeveloped. Good length, but dark and brooding and unfinished. This is hard to assess now, but has the potential to be great in 10 years time.
Very old school. Initially quite sweet but not fruity. Dusty tannins and just slightly woody. After 20 minutes in the glass drying fruit and the sweetness is gone. I'm a traditionalist, but this is not much fun. Surprisingly approachable.
Good wine. Agree with the comments on the good structure. Nothing wrong with this bottle, it does everything well but doesn't do anything to excite me. I just wasn't that interested in it and didn't feel the urge for more.
Just what a Boudreaux should be. Great structure, beautiful soft tannins. Decanted for 1 hour. Really needs 2 hour decant to fully open up. Drinking well now with a few years left. Deep red, nose of red fruits light vanilla, earth and tobacco notes. Follows through on palate with good depth of cherry-plumb-raspberry fruit and good acidity. Moderate finish of dark berry, spice and mouthfilling but well-integrated tannin.
I have had this five or 6 times and has improved steadily. Decanted for 2 hours and paired with grilled lamb chops. Red cerry, ripe figs mixed with wet stone and tar on the nose. Balanced with tart cherry, anise and a hint of vanilla on the palate. Sill grippy tannins. Drinking great now with a good decant but should continue to develop nicely over the next several years.
- Ruby color with medium forming legs. It's balanced with a medium body. Smooth texture with a medium finish - Very nice at 9 years old. Approaching maturity. Some leanness to the palate, brick red, but big aromas of red fruits, raisins, cranberries, chocolate.
I was hesitant to open this, considering the vintage, thinking it would be too young - but was pleasantly surprised. The nose opened with earthy barnyard, leather and graphite. With air it opened a bit more to show dark fruits and a little bit of spice. The palate is medium bodied, and surprisingly silky with only a little bit of structure coming in on the finish. The flavors are a little sweaty/funky, but also include the pencil lead, slight smoke and some baked black fruits. It has developed well and is drinking nicely with a good decant, and has enough acidity and tannin to work well at the table....grilled lamb comes to mind. I like that it's not one of the "modern," extracted, oak bombs getting high scores in Bordeaux these days. Don't hesitate to drink now and probably over the next 5+ years.
Spent three days with this wine. Very dark crimson to purple color.
After spending two days with the 2005 Château Smith Haut Lafitte, I could not resist opening this wine. Had previously tasted only the 1996 vintage of this Château. D'Armailhac features unmistakable terroir elements, and together these two great vintages have left an indelible impression on my wine memory.
Much like the 1996, this vintage is made in a backward, masculine style. It pulls no punches! The nose features raw red meats, black farming soil, diverse terroir, and funk. The massive and mineral driven mid palate transitions to a long and complex finish. This is a young wine, particularly compared to the 2005 SHL. Oak has begun to integrate, and it shows excellent acid and substantive tannic structure. It should integrate and evolve over the next 5 to 7 years and drink beautifully through 2025...perhaps beyond.
Sanguinity, iodine, rusty ores, minerality, smoke, and black earth come forward at the mid palate through a long, gripping finish. This is a great wine with a great upside. Unlike the much softer SHL, this wine needs more time. It drank best on the third day, with acid and structure both kicking and stalwart. I would hold this for at least two to three more years, although it drinks great now for the non-faint-of-heart. Special!
Yes, we performed infanticide. But yes, it was still a very nice bottle of wine. It was tight and still tannic, but we took it slow and really showed that it will continue to improve as it continues to age.
Four hour decant. Ruby color. Fast legs. Fragrant nose of Raspberry, Blackberry, Baking Spice, Coffee and Cocoa. Blackberry, Baked Cherry, Tart Cherry and Cocoa palate. Excellent balance. Leather texture. Medium finish. 13% ABV.
Deep red, nose of red fruits light vanilla, earth and tobacco notes. Follows through on palate with good depth of cherry-plumb-raspberry fruit and good acidity. Moderate finish of dark berry, spice and mouthfilling but well-integrated tannin. Took about an hour to open up but quite fine. Drinking well now but will lkely improve over next 5-years.
The wine is improving with a little more age; showing more complexity; luxurious oak combined with good fruits and sweet spices. Really nice already. Around 2015 entering maturity….? And in a luxurious way… 91+
- Crimsom color and aromas of bell pepper. It's somewhat balanced and has flavours of black currant with a medium/full body. Narrow texture with a medium finish - Still a tad young, perhaps drink in 5 years?
Robe rouge rubis violacé. Au nez présence de chocolats et senteur de graphite. En bouche c'est très agréable avec une structure complexe. Cassis, baies, Cerise avec un peu d'acidité bien dosée font un bon mélange. Les tannins sont bien présents donc le vin a encore un bon potentiel mais il est bien acceptable présentement. Bonne finale bien balancé avec l'acidité assez longue et soutenu. Un grand vin de Pauillac et une année 2005 remarquable !
Opened 24 hours ago, a few ounces poured out, slow o for 3 hours then corked and put in the fridge overnight. Allowed to warm up to cellar temperature before reopening. Medium garnet. Lead pencil nose, barnyard, leather. Delicious red currant, excellent balance, tannin present but approachable. Long finish, savory with soy sauce, no heat.
Great wine, fair value. To drink now, you MUST give this a long decant or opening to let this wine come togther, but probably better to hold at least 3 more years. 13%
The bouquet opened up nicely with time, some leathery notes. The palate has a nice weight to it, the tannins are ever so slightly dominant, but given time when they subside, this wine will sing. A good value for money wine.
This is developing nicely. With a nose filled with cedar wood, cassis, oak, lead pencil and hints of tobacco, this is all about Pauillac. Soft and round in texture, while this lacks the density found in the top wines, it also lacks the high price tag. Produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, this is a Left Bank Bordeaux wine that you can drink now and over the next 12-15 years.
Beautiful dark ruby fruit, medium bodied, with subtle leather, graphite and cassis. A bit modern in style but well balanced. Reaffirms the excellence of the 05 vintage throughout the hierarchy. 91
Day 2 – Lost a bit of verve with a hint of brett, but still quite lovely. 89 Day 3 – Drinkable, but very flat. Even though it was vacuum pumped every night I was surprised at how this fell apart. Perhaps its not structured enough to be a long term ager ... 82
A smoky bouquet with a pleasant touch of barnyard, cassis, leather, graphite and beautiful oak. On the palate round and creamy black forest fruits and round tannin. Good and fresh acidity. Overall I was not extremely impressed although this is an excellent wine. I think it needs at least until 2016 before it starts to show what it has in store. Score again 90 for now.
Normally I avoid this wine and prefer the less austere and more flavorful clerc milon. Someone else brought this tonight and it was excellent. Maybe 2005 is a better than average year. A good wine, young but enjoyable.
Inte like bra som sist jag drack den. Lite mindre frukt och aromer. Känns helt enkelt lite tunnare. Balansen blir lite lidande. Nu är det 6 månader sedan jag drack denna sist men tror att dte kanske var en något svagare flaska.
This is quite a lightweight Pauillac. Not a great deal on the nose but the taste developed during consumption from fairly one-dimensional blandness to really rather elegant liquorice and graphite tinged dark fruit tones. Overall I quite enjoyed its lighter, more subtle style.
Svarta vinbär, lite cederträ, grafit. Tanniner som har börjat mjuka och en syra som är bra integerad med frukten. Fin struktur och lite stuns i mellansegmentet Kan nog bli bättre med lagring men jag tycker viner är väldigt bra nu
Nose of crushed berries and graphite. Firm, yet rich cassis flavor with some cedar and a streak of minerality. Medium tannins are not overbearing and provide nice grip to the med-long fiinsh. Fruit shows nicely in this wine and tannins are starting to soften a bit. Drinks pretty well now, but certainly will benefit from a few more years in the cellar.
Ruby, but with a bit of translucency. nose: high toned, graphite, cassis, alcohol. medium tannins and medium(-) acidity. cassis, bing cherry, and alcohol on the palate. touch of elegance. good finish. obvious pauillac
Consistent with previous notes. Especially the bouquet is very tempting and a textbook elegant Pauillac. On the palate however, the wine is closing itself. It might be wise to leave this one in the cellar until 2015/16.
opaque core lightening to youthful bright ruby nose: deep dark fruits, graphite, clean. touch of alcohol apparent big tannins. silky in the mouth. fruit was surprisingly a little masked on the palate, yet muscular and rich. medium plus oak
Baked fruits and sour cherry. Touch of chocolate. Has an almost metallic note to it. Fruit is so full and ripe. Big, young tannins and high acid. Such big power, that it is almost overwhelming, especially next to the 2004's that are drinking so balanced. Seems overdone to me.
Dark ruby red..I am shocked about some stating a light color red....A pretty nice bordeaux but for such a great vintage I was a little disappointed..Decanted for 5 hours...The nose was still quite tight and not showing too much..I did get dark chocalate which i liked with a touch of red fruit...Palate: Quite thick on the palate which i did not mind...Red fruit, lead pencil, earth, and currant but the finish was short. Pretty tight and not showing much at this time...I prefer the clerc which showed much more fruit and a longer finish. Cellar this wine for another 5 plus years..Cheers!!
I'll admit straight away I am a Bordeaux man. From the time I could pick up a wine glass I have been entranced with not only the wines but the history of the Chateaux, the varying terroir, and the ageability of vintages like 2005. I ordered three of these as a future and finally received the d'Armailhac in September 2008. Adhering to the rule that a wine must be in my collection at least a year before I put it into play, I could wait no longer. I knew the 2005 d'Armaaihlac was really too young at this point but I don't mind a little tannin. Well I'm getting ALOT of tannin on the palate with excellent grip but not the type that dries out the mouth. I was entranced by the dark magenta color as most of the good cab and even merlot based wines from this vintage tend to be. On the nose this is so layered with extremely tight aromas of tobacco, earth, very dark red and black fruits, and smokey vanilla oak. I think it was Hugh Johnson that said Bordeaux goes down like water and this is no exception as I will have a difficult time not to finish this bottle. The Clerc Milon tends to be a level above this and boy do I look forward to trying that as well. To all of Pauillac and Bordeaux, cheers. p.s. I am stunned by the reviews that state that this seems dominated by the merlot and even flabbergasted by those stating a light color!
Great showing today. Decanted 6hrs and it shows the additional development. Big lead pencil nose. Very forward. Dark cherry color. Creamy palate with red fruit, lead pencil and cinnamon. Long finish and the tannins are not omni-present like the last bottle I had. Drink 10+ years. A great D'Armailhac- best ever
Very open and forward nose of red fruit and tobacco. Good complexity on the nose. Similar on the palate. Good depth. Very structured compared to Duhart, Reserve de las comtesse, and Clerc Milon. Nice finish. Does not have the intensity of fruit to compete with the Clerc. Drink 10+ year from now.
A tannic wine now with lots of blueberry, licorice and oak on the nose. Full bodied wine with rich deep purple hue. A lot of tannin and oak overpowers the fruit at this point. At least 5 years of nighty-nite for this puppy.
Deep red, subtle primary nose of violets, dark fruits and pepper, palate is very acidic and alcohol driven with some more spice and minerality on the mid-palate, the finish is unfortunately drying and awkward, still, a lot of stuffing and may come together in the cellar
A decent bottle of Pauillac with good cassis notes and a smooth delivery, but nothing stupendous, mind you. I would have given this a red rating, but I think the Batailley will cost less and taste better.