Tasted next to the 2006. The fruit on the nose seemed a bit darker, riper, with great depth again. On the palate much more backward and firm with a nice, long mineral finish. This needs a bit more time but is very promising. 94-95+
This one needs some time to come around still very young. Tasted along side the 2004 and 2008. This one had noticeably more tannins from the french oak than the other two. At first blush, the 2004 was drinking great. Over a two hour period of sipping all three the 2005 came out to shine. I still think this needs way more time to develop, but should be a special wine if given enough cellar time.
Hospitaliers de Pomerol (Pomerol): Fairly closed on the nose revealing only glimpses of ripe dark fruit, cocoa, violet and some truffle. The palate matched. Big, dense and needs time to uncoil. Will be quite a wine.
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(Vieux Chateau Certan) I didn’t find any flaws in the 2005 Vieux Chateau Certan, I must confess. It was perfumed, subtle and shy at first, with light purple fruit, nut and earth aromas. Bottled in May of 2007 and about two-thirds Merlot, the ’05 was rich and concentrated, but Alexander found the ’04 ‘thicker and more complex,’ and I saw that in the nose of the 2004 over time, but not the palate. The ’05 was chewy and fleshy, and its dryness did, indeed, stand out, per Alexander’s previous comment. I liked its grip, however, and its acidity really stood out, along with its delicious ceramic and mineral flavors
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