Consistent with last bottle from 9 months ago. Still has a gorgeous nose. Today I picked up more blackberry and some blueberry, with some floral notes. The sweet tobacco is still there as well. Can't detect any evolution since the last bottle, as it still requires a fair amount of air to soften up. While this young wine is certainly drinkable now, it has a long life ahead of it.
This wine shows the lighter side of the Margaux appellation. Appealing, if not particularly pronounced bouquet. Intriguing texture and weight, medium acid and (grainy) tannin, polished mouthfeel. Approachable now, but it might be better in a few years. Highly enjoyable. Thanks for sharing J Mac. 92-93.
Good heavens do I love this wine. The angels sang as I stuck my nose in this glass and drank in its glory. A friend who was tasting with me called it infanticide to drink this now, which only slightly effected my elation at enjoying it again. If I can ever get ahold of more, I shall be putting them away for a good long time. Everyone in their wine pursuits eventually comes to a wine that they hold all others against for perspective...this is mine. I never have had a harder time simply getting past the nose of a bottle to get around to actually drinking it...beautiful.
This chateau is one of my favorite values from Bordeaux. This was my first 05 Dauzac, and I was very pleased. While young, it opened up quicker than expected. Still decanted for 2 hours. Dark plum and cigarbox were most evident, but also noted sweet tobacco, graphite, and cedar. Excellent mouthfeel, with well-balanced acidity and (surprisingly) round tannins. Long finish. I still prefer the 09, but this is perhaps more accessible now (as the 09 requires a 4 hour decant, at a minimum). Drink or hold.
Cabernets at their best (8 Danks street, Sydney): medium minus intensity aromas of bramble; quite wet, cedar, slightly green notes and toast. In the mouth the wine has ripe black fruit, liquorice, savoury, chewy and still quite tough tannin. Hmm. Needs time. Long.
This wine is maturing excellent. Altough still pretty youthfull, it is integrating nicely and some hints of tertiary aromas are developing.
Dark ruby color. Full aromas of cassis, some plum and hints of lead pencil, dried flowers and wet earth. Full bodied with silky smooth tannins fresh fruit balanced acidity and a smooth overall mouth feel. The finish is very long and follows through seamlessly
This wine had a nice nose, decent fruit and decent acidity. The tannins were very prominent and way too dry. Medium to long finish. Paid way too much for this wine at Total Wine ($90). Might buy the 2009 vintage at under $50 but will not be buying any more of the 2005 vintage. Overall, a lot of better wines out there, including Bordeaux, at $90.
Light red color with a purple rim. Typical claret. An enticing flowery nose typical of Margaux - fresh red fruits, spices, licorice and gravel. A wine with very nice structure, as evinced by the thick legs. Assertive on the palate, the wine starts off with some sweetness and faint acidity faded to the point of freshness. This is followed by some mellowed tannins that kick in towards the end to provide the necessary balance. An exciting effort.
Drank from 375ml. Decanted 3 hours. Aromas of cassis and a soft earthiness with a floral touch of violets. Similar flavors with med-full body and medium tannins that give a nice grip to the finish but are not over-bearing. Overall, very well balanced and tastes pretty darn good for its relatively young age.
Initially this bottle was very primary with loads of cassis. I left it in the bottle to slow-ox for 6 hours. It had fleshed out and gained much more complexity that kept on developing over the evening.
Deep ruby/red color with some purple at the rim. Full aromas of cassis, dark cherry some boxwood and floral hints (violet/lavender) and hints of wet earth. Following trough full bodied with chewy smooth tannins, dark fruit and balanced fresh acidity. The finish is long, slightly drying and a hint of bitter. This wine is still very young, but attractive in its youth. Its improved complexity made me to give it one notch up. I expect that it will keep on improving for many years to come. Drink now - 2025
My first '05 Dauzac. It is the best Dauzac I have had. Drinking well considering its youth. Dark purple with a ruby rim. Nose of dust, smoke, cedar, graphite. Rich, medium-to-full palate of ripe blackberry, cassis, earth, and minerals. Excellent length. Silky texture. Pleasant, refreshing, food-friendly acidity. Supple tannins.
quite different from my first encounter 3 years ago.
Deep ruby color with still some hints of purple at the rim. Full aromas of fresh cassis, cherry and some lavender and hints of boxwood. Full bodied with chewy-smooth tannins, fresh fruit and balanced acidity. The finish is long and follows trough seamlessly. This wine is drinking beautifully right now. Still quite young, but very enjoyable and certainly not closed down. It also has the structure to develop and improve for quite some time. Drink now - 2020.
Attention grabbing aromatics of flowers, black and red plums, cassis, smoke and licorice. Still tannic, this concentrated, round Margaux wine needs at least another 5-7 more years before it begins to express its personality.
Sweet and inviting with a characteristic floral nose. Somehow this wine hasn't yet closed down. Medium bodied and redder fruit (in a way like a dark pinot) than dark extracted fruit like in Lascombes or Malescot but nicely concentrated still. Not particularly complex but well balanced. Finishes a little astingent but with ample acidity.
Dark red fruit, intense tannins -- a wine that's perhaps still too young, but even at three years it has personality. Needs two hours out of the bottle before drinking -- after two hours, it settles down considerably and blooms. Cherries, leather, smoke. A lovely wine with many years ahead of it.
Had after the wine had been opened and decanted for 4 hours.
Amazing. Inky red, powerful nose of dark fruit and violet. Rich, lush flavors of cassis, plum, dark cherry, spice, and some floral notes. Perfect balance, everlasting finish. Even better than the last taste that I had.
Drink now through 2020, although it requires a bit of decanting right now.
Deep ruby colour, some hints of purple at the rim. Full aromas of blackberries, cherry and some wet earth with hints of toast and floral notes. Full bodied on the palate with refined tannins and fresh fruit. Medium-long finish that turns slightly bitter. Already quite accessible, but needs some time to integrate more. Drink 2010 - 2015.
Inky with a purple rim. Inviting bouquet of flowers and dark fruit, a classic Margaux. Powerful flavors of cherry, blackberry, cassis, plum, spice, and wildflowers. Well-balanced with a long finish. Quite an experience!
A nose of sweet oak, vanilla, light mocha, and red fruits roll out of the glass. For a bottle open less than an hour it's very soft as red fruits roll acorss the palate showcasing a great acid/tannin balance. Outstanding
Great fruit on the nose mostly of chrerry with a litte tar. Little strong on the tanins and needs more than a half hour decanting at this age. Good fruit on the palate and lenghty finish. Opens up nicely after an hour.
Medium-bodied wine with floral elegant Margaux flavours, good complexity. Acidity a overwhelming at first but it settled down after a few hours of decanting. The midpalette still feels muted but perhaps bottle age will bring out its potential. Good length of finish but not spectacular. Strong tannins as expected ... this should be really tasty when it comes around.
2005 Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Tasting (Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois): 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot. I enjoy the wines from this estate which are made in an old world style. This was on par with the 1998 and 2003 (I did not try the 2000). Like many of the Margaux wines this has sweet red fruit at present. Rond texture and medium bodied. Notes of boysenberry and plum. Lush finish. 90-92 points.