Wine Club Jr (Bordeaux) (Sommerfeld's Place, SF): Medium garnet. Nose was a bit more primary than I expected (compared to 2000 vintage consumed a few weeks back). Crushed raspberries, black cherry, ripe plum, eucalyptus, cedar, and mint. Elegant and a bit light on the palate. Body, acid, alcohol, tannins were well balanced and all medium. Medium+ length finish.
A classy beauty, just beginning to shine. Not super extracted, a more delicate style. I expect it will be in it's prime over the next ten years.
Drinking brilliantly but with a little life left too. Beautiful deep burgundy, with notes of polished dark redwood and few signs of age. On the nose cassis with hints of chocolate and a little mint - which become more menthol-like at the back of the nose. The smell is both restrained and powerful. Good structure. Black fruits with notes of mushroom and wood. Dryness resulting from some soft, nicely integrated tannins. Cassis and some slight spice on the long finish.
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(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) Since my last tasting of this when the wine seemed very unusual, at the UGC tasting in October 2005, I have been eager to try it again. Today, this seems like a different wine. On the nose it has a wealth of deep fruit, with quite an exotic perfume and it is very attractive. I find it difficult to believe that this is the same wine that I tasted last year. Good style on the palate too, very nicely composed, although with the huge grip of tannins typical of the vintage. But there is decent acidity too, and on the basis of this bottle this seems to have a very good potential, but as always I damp down my score...I am still worried that the tannins will outlast the fruit in this vintage. But the big question with this wine is what was going on in 2005? And what will the next bottle taste like?
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) Whoa! An unusual nose here; confected, cola-aniseed-cherry nose with a lifted, estery nature. Rather light on entry, but picks up through the midpalate, with some rounded morello cherry fruit and firm tannin. Little in the way of presence or texture, and incongruous acidity. What's gone wrong here? One to avoid.
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