Aromatics were there but palate was very tight and sour on opening. An hour in the decanter worked wonders. A beautiful showing. It's just opening back up and shows plenty of promise. It was very clean but not squeaky clean.
Tasted after 4 hours decanting and not nearly enough! 2 days would be more like it at this point. Although this wine is tight and fairly closed, you can still tell there is some serious fruit here. Flavors of tart cherry skins, cooked cherry, violets and spice. I am a huge fan of the Senechal and find this wine equally impressive if not more so. It was sort of random luck that I encountered this bottle. If I see any more I will not hesitate to put some in my cellar. Would not open any more, though, for at least a few years.
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(Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrières) Still a very dark and concentrated red-black hue. And the nose is superb, thankfully; I am always a little bit apprehensive coming back to wines on which I have previously heaped praise, but this one fulfils all my expectations. There is fabulous fruit intensity here, raspberry, blackberry and even tinges of blueberry, cut through with elements of smoke, charcoal and a little nutty toffee. Right now - despite its silky showing on previous tastings - it tastes as though its origins were rather warmer than the Loire, but that is 2005 for you. It has some big, meaty substance, power and structure. There is an elegance to it as well though, a crisp layer of fruit, rose petals encrusted with sugar and fruit juices, underpinned by a great grip, bite and finish. There is clearly still great potential here.
(Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrières) From clay and flint soils, non filtered, and "élevé en barrique". Another dark, red-black wine. A fabulous nose of liquorice, macerated berry fruit, spices and violets. On the palate, a fresh and lean character, although it has considerable substance and it is brimming with potential. There is a ripe, heady wealth of fruit, and importantly a truly silky quality to the structure, although it shows plenty of bite and grip at the finish. This is wonderful wine, with huge potential, although it is just delicious right now. Yet another indicator for what an amazing vintage this is for the red wines of the Touraine appellations. I have loaded up on this one.
(Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgeuil Perrieres) Had one glass over four hours and it barely budged. All drying minerals and tannins with a core of fruit you needed to be able to taste only if you eliminated all other extraneous intake. Still had uncanny freshness but was not as nearly open as the bottle I had at the Dive Bouteille. I am confident it will budge tonight and will show some more fruit and better integration. I thought the nose was nicely mineral and had dirt, mineral and embryonic fruit nuance but was shut down at the three hour mark. Enjoyable in a very educational, "this is what a super-closed" wine is type of way . . . .but wait
(Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres) This was incredibly ripe and juicy with the typical brett/earth/funk this cuvee usually has. Very long finish suggests this has years of giving ahead of it.
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