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2005 Ch√Ęteau Fontenil Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend
This came out of the gate kind of beautiful. Great label, great vintage, great price and a lot of right bank character, merlot, Fronsac. I poured a glass and was wowed by the deep deep purple burgundy color and and the spicy smokey nose. Wow. This, right now, is presenting beautifully. Upon taste, the front and mid palate are silky an full of mystery, California Merlot does not come close, Long Island a lot closer. Wow again. The fruits were muted but the terroir shined. I sensed the bottle would shine in time. I have six bottles and was dancing until I tasted a bitter rough finishing edge. But the front of this wine shined. I had a glass or two and put the cork in and let it sit for a day. I revisted on day two and the only thing that had vacated/resolved was the back palate bitterness which had softened and allowed this wine to finish how it started, beautifully, confident and a great representation of right bank merlot in 2005. Some time - maybe five years maybe more in this bottle.
  • cohnwine commented:

    12/23/15, 10:33 AM - So, if I drink this now, should I decant it first?

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