Getting better and better - these mid range 05s are hitting their stride now. This is a cliche-bingo bonanza of Paulliac flavours and aromas. No need to go into it here other than to say it has the development to temper the deep fruit and the age to allow the secondary elements to come out. Very very good for the price.
Starting to unfurl and shows some impressive depth with a deep purple/black appearance. Oak still apparent but receding a touch now and this is turning into a lovely little wine - has the stuffing for some good ageing. I'd be inclined to leave a few more years but the material is here for something quite lovely in 5 years. Very muscular without being aggressive.
A little flat on the nose but the palate is where this bottle succeeded. Much better fruit than the last bottle I tried and that beautiful, typical Bordeaux taste of leather, tobacco and cedar wood. Good finish. A very enjoyable wine.
Nice crimson colour. Stewed fruit, cherry, leather on the nose. Somewhat one dimensional in taste, however. Nice and smooth but there wasn't much fruit coming through - perhaps it's going through a closed down phase?
A bit of a slow starter but with 30-45 mins the wine opens up into a nice old world blend. Plenty of dark fruit with leather and spice topped off with touch of vanilla. Medium tannins and acidity in nice harmony. Medium + finish. Quite enjoyable.
Appearance: Bright and clear, it has deep ruby color, with garnet rims and legs. Nose: Clean, with medium intensity aromas showing black fruit of blackberry and dark cherries, animal notes of meaty, oak notes of vanilla and cedar, pungent spice of licorice, mineral notes of graphite, maturity notes of wet leaves. The wine is developing. Palate: Dry with medium acidity, this wine has medium (+) tannin which is ripe and integrated. Medium in alcohol with medium body, with medium intensity flavors of black fruit of blackberry and dark cherries, red fruit of red plum, oak notes of cedar, sweet spice of cloves, mineral notes of earth. The wine has a medium (+) finish. Conclusion: Good quality Pauillac with a reasonably intense nose showing good complexity, the wine has a solid structure with good balance on the flavor, acidity and tannin, which is smooth and fully-integrated. With plenty of flavors of fair concentration, the wine finishes with a fairly long length. It is ready to drink now though can benefit from further ageing of another 2-3 years.
Outperforms. This wine is coming into its own now. It knocks spots off many far more expensive wines. Two hours in the decanter and you have a rich, well rounded and robust wine that goes well with braised meat - its smoky, slightly earthy character showing well.
Tricky to grade as I picked this up for £15 a bottle (all in) - and on that basis is literally streets ahead of the competition. I suspect it was off-loaded after the original purchaser bought on the basis of the (in)famous Decanter review. Overall, an excellent wine, clearly Pauillac, yet not quite enough structure to place on the highest echelon.
I agree with Pjaines, it seems to have closed up a bit as the plush fruit is not there at the moment. But there's a lot of stuffing here and it could very well open up again. I would recommend waiting a few years unless you have many bottles.
Pop and pour at a restaurant, consumed over 2 hours. Nice moderate dark fruit on the nose. Moderate concentraton, well intergrated with clean minerality and acidity and moderate length. Excellent, 91+.
Was drinking pretty well right from the pop. Notes after 2 hours in glass. Very dark ruby color, 90% opaque and nice shimmer, no sediment. This is coming out the coma that I found it in back in 2010. Bouquet is vibrant and intriguing with some hobby model paint (love that stuff), cedar, and gobs of fruit. It's tasting almost closer to Sonoma than Paulliac right now, but underlying is still some brooding earth that I think will end that reference down the road. Light-medium body, zesty acidity. Very different from 2 years ago and a whole lot betta. 5+11+16+7 = 89
Interesting to read the notes below... I bought this wine when some friends from Decanter raved about it right after 05 Bordeaux tastings... first bottle I have had... deeply colored, youthful rim. Aromatically a lot of pure cassis fruit, subtle new French barrique smells, good minerality at core. On the palate the wine has moderate acids, a smooth transition into an appropriately firmish midpalate, another smooth transition into a moderate + amount of tannins that are fairly well integrated in the wine, ripe, and round... moderate etoh. Extremely well balanced wine with good length, good intensity, adequate complexity at this stage. Great finesse, fantastic texture, classic expression of place. This is more of a UK wine (lots of pure fruit, subtle expression of flavor, moderately oaked, moderate at best weight) which explains some of the "critical" TNs below... and while I think the wine is appropriate for its vintage/age at this stage and has impressive qualities, I can't help but wonder what all the fuss was from Decanter friends. The wine certainly has the balance and acids/tannins for improvement over the next 3-5 (it is not near its peak yet) though I am a bit undecided how "great" this wine will eventually be in context of the vintage. A hard wine to put a numerical rating on as it would be unfairly low compared to other 05 Bordeaux right now most of which are more powerful/structured... will be interesting to see how this wine's impressive balance in that context will compare to other these other wines with more structure as time goes by.
Tasted vertically with 2009. I think it's better than 2009 at this moment because it's more fruity and have smooth and round tannin. Classic Pauillac style. Powerful leather, toasty smell. Dark red fruit dominant taste such as dark cherry and ripe plum. Full body. Complex layer. Best to drink 5+ years later.
Appearance: Bright and clear, with deep intensity ruby colour, paler rims and legs. Nose: Clean, with medium intensity and developing aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry, blackcurrant leaf, graphite, cloves, cedar, savory. Palate: Dry, medium acidity, with medium tannin of ripe and fine-grained texture. Medium in alcohol, with medium (+) body and medium intensity flavors of blackberry, blackcurrant, prune, oak, chocolate. Medium length. Conclusion: Good quality Medoc GCC with good complexity and reasonable intensity. With ripe fruit and evolvement, the wine is enjoyable. Overall in good balance, with a well-defined structure and a reasonable length. Ready to drink now but can benefit from further ageing of another 5-7 years.
This wine has improved since the last time I tasted it in 2010. In the bouquet smoky impressions from the oak, cassis and graphite. On the palate a classical Pauillac, but in a modern, easy going style. (Does this make sense?) I see now that in CT this is a somewhat controversial wine. To most I would suggest to drink this wine not before 2015; you might be surprised, and if you still don't like it; no harm done. To xtian I would like to suggest; sell your bottles, this is clearly not your style of wine. Personally I scored it 89+ on this occasion.
No hint of age ,extract++, a classic cassis, leather nose, soft entry with rounded tannins, good fruit with balancing acidity. Even better next day, tannins soft, but acidity more marked. A simple, most pleasant claret
Alcohol :: 13% Popped and Poured and this immediately display very expressive, intense aromas of pencil shaving, dark chocolate and sweet currant fruits. Palate was too very rich, rounded with good concentration of sweet dark fruits, tobacco, pencil shaving and some fine tannin bite. Finished with decent length and some alcohol heat. This was opened for 5hrs when served at the dinner, the nose didn't change much but the palate revealed strong savory, sweet plum and a bit of dark chocolate flavors on the medium length finish. I don't really like the acid as it was a bit sharp and under ripe. This bottle was better than the previous bottle which is tannic and lots of wood, fruits suffered to surface despite slow-ox for about 8hrs.
Tasted again in almost 2 years since the last one, shockingly different result! The bottle has gained more complexity, albeit slightly low in concentration, and evolved into a very elegant style. A little more power would have been perfect. On the visual, the wine exhibits deep purple color with a tinge of ruby hue. On the nose, a beautiful bouquet of herbal overtone with ginseng, rose petal and some barnyard component blended in, along with some secondary smell of french oak, vanilla, cedar, pencil shavings, graphite, light smoke, revealing aromas of red currant, cherry, blueberry and plum. Complex nose in perfect balance with low heat and intensity, suggesting peace and harmony. Ripe cherry, cassis, blueberry and plum attack backed by a nice structure of gracefully silky and smooth tannin that is fine-grained and well-rounded. Still good acidity. Medium finish, with sour cherry and plum fruit finishing with Chinese herbs, vanilla, cedar and coffee. Drinking quite nicely and very mature, but judging from the solid structure with nice tannin and still fresh acidity, the wine will continue to hold and develop more complexity. Drink before 2014.
A light weight, but definitely a nice Pauillac. Pleasant oak, ok cassis and supple and round tannin. Surprisingly mature already. Decanted already a pleasure. Will probably improve over the next two years and offer pleasant drinking until 2017 or a bit longer.
Notes after 12hrs open. Color of black plum skin, 95% opaque, no sediment present. Restrained floral nose with red berry and licorice. Medium weight palate with soft tannins and softer acidity, somewhat short in concentration. What fruit is there seems a touch stewy. I'm wondering (and hoping) that it's in a coma, waiting to come back from unconsciousness, but who knows? I can't say that I know how these things transpire, but since I have 5 more I'll be following it's progression in a year or two. score for today, 5+9+14+6 = 84
Faint but pretty sweet perfume on the nose, with pine resin and chocolate, some sweet pastry dough. Palate was less interesting, a bit hollow, slightly hot and shortish, tending toward stemminess. Okay, but I liked this more on release, and it may not come back around to my liking.
Ruby color. Raspberry/blackberry and coffee nose with some wet-gravel, barn yard manure components to it. Does suggest a classic Bordeaux nose. Medium-full bodied. Red fruits on the attack with a little bit of chocolate casis. Good fruit profile, but it lacks concentration comparing to average 2005 left-bank reds, perhaps due to early-picked grapes that weren't fully ripened. Short to medium finish with good tannin and declining fruit and acidity balance. Drink now.
If you factor the price of this wine out of the equation, it's not all that bad. Shows a nice nose of red licorice, a touch of smoke and a bit of new leather. Flavors were not overly ripe or harsh in any way. Decent fruit and tannins were in check with a nice, dry finish. Seems pretty good and showed decent for a $20 wine. The only problem was that this was $45, which makes it a terrible value. I can name several 05s for half the price that are twice as good. I would expect a little better for the price from this 5th growth estate.
This wine was tasted as part of a Bourdeaux blend tasting - blind of course - between the following wines: Sassicaia 2005 Ernie Els (South Africa) 2003 Chateau Pedesclaux 2005 Chateau Talbot 2000 Shafer Stags Leap 1,5 2005 West Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Sassicaia and Ernie Els (more I think because it really stuck out from the rest of them!) shared the win with equal number of votes although personally I really liked the Talbot and had the follwoing order: 1) Talbot, 2) Sassicaia, 3) Ernie Els, 4) West CS, 5) Stags Leap 6) Pedesclaux. It was however a very even flight.
The notes: Sassicaia - All you would expect from this excellent wine! Initially some notes of rubber but in the glas stronger notes of jam or ripe fruit and some vanilla. Also some notes of truffels and rubber. On the palate it has very well rounded tannins and a teste that lingers in the mouth for a very long time! 91 points Ernie Els - very special on the nose with lots of green tomatoes, tar, smoky, plums and very strong leather notes - complex! Taste matched this quite well but a bit over the top. Couldn't make up my mind if I really liked this wine or if I really didn't. Interesting though! 90 points Pedesclaux - Classic Bourdeaux notes with dark chocolate, cedar and barn yard as dominate notes - although a bit week for my liking on the nose. Good acidity and tannins but not enough fruit. 82 points. Talbot - This was a very balanced wine - although lacked the things I would look for in a spectcular wine. Had som green notes on the nose, peppry but was very nice and balanced on the palate. It was of course the oldest wine in the tasting although I believe still good for decades. 91 points. Shafer 1,5 Stags Leap - Very jammy on the nose with some notes of mint. Better on the palate. 88 points. West CS - Black currant and lots of fruit on the nose. Lots of tannins but quite soft. Enjoyable but not so intriguing. 89 points.
So deep and bright, almost black, a really serious nose of cassis and black olives, layer upon layer, chewy, rich sweet, big tannins balanced by so much wonderful fruit. If this is typical of the 2005's then thank goodness I have some and will hope to live long enough to savour this wonderful vintage.
Medium dark, shaded to bright ruby red. Light and elegant, with red fruits and smooth tannins. Lovely balance and good quality fruit, with restrained alcohol. Drink now and for the next several years. This would be a crowd-pleasing house red, but the price is a bit steep.
Tasted to see how this would develop and how long it would need in the cellar. Impressive rich appearance. Glossy, deep, dark colour. Nose: graphite, dark rich fruit, smoke. Taste: really soft, fine tannins, good depth to the flavour - really tightly wound up at the moment but everything seems in balance and it is just beginning to soften out a bit. Good long aftertaste - probably a wine to come back to in 5 years. Overall very good but will improve.
Popped poured and drank over 2 hours with no food. This seems to be a big wine that is ready to drink right now lots of dark fruit, leather after an hour turning to a very enjoyable chocolate. Glad I have 5 more bottles, will drink another 2 within the next year or so and will let the rest "rest".
Had this after reading RP comments. Well the color is fairly deep, with a slight herby nose. Palate is light to medium with black fruits on the palate. Finish is short. Drink up now and with in the next 5-10 years. This wine definitely does not taste like a classic Pauillac nor was it taste like it 5th growth status. It taste more like a bordeaux superior. But overall I think it does deserve several more pts but should not go beyond 89.