My first go at the 2005 Bordeaux vintage slumbering downstairs. Less than ideal tasting conditions and the bottle has travelled yesterday.
Remains ruby with a pale meniscus and many legs. Classic Bordeaux nose with essentially silk on the tongue. Hints of wood and spice as well. My bad for all the ignites inflicted on this work of art. I will report back when a more fitting terminal event is had. I don't regret the purchase.
Drank after 1.5 hours in decanter. Medium ruby. Dense legs. On the nose, this had a bouquet of cassis and dark cherry, with earth, licorice, faint mint and tobacco notes. On the palate, this had dark fruits, earth, some sweet spices and gentle vanilla. Medium(+) acidity, medium body, medium(+) flavour intensity, medium ripe tannins - softening. Medium, slightly vinous (but not green) finish. A nice wine, already showing its pedigree. It may improve a little more over the next few years.
Mr. T's birthday drinks (Kallang): Appearance was clear medium ruby. Nose was clean, pronounced intensity with aromas of spice, sweet and pungent spices, vanilla, tobacco, earth. On the palate, dry, medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied, with flavours of spice, vanilla, black pepper. Medium finish.
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(Château Chasse-Spleen) Dark red violet color; appealing berry and cassis nose; tasty, structured cassis and berry palate with depth and a menthol note; medium-plus finish (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot)
(Chateau Chasse-Spleen Moulis) A moderate depth of colour. Sweet and creamy, very primary fruit on entry, rich and expressive, with a seam of buttery crumble for good measure. Nevertheless a rather simple and straightforward palate, although it presents an appealing texture, nice extract and a ripe, charcoal-edged structure. All the necessary components are here, nicely balanced. Good potential.
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