August 10, 2021 - 18.0
July 9, 2021 - Medium red color. Oak dominates bouquet. Soft, almost gentle flavor. Very modest length. Pleasant wine but seems to lack fruit concentration.
Double decanted 2 hours prior to tasting.
From Mark’s 2005 Bordeaux Vintage Tasting:
Attended a 36 wine ‘05 Bordeaux tasting recently. The wine above is one of those wines. Served single-blind.
All wines were tasted over a 2 day period, 18 per day. The wines served on the 1st day had their corks pulled two hours prior. The second day’s wines were served “ double-decanted”, 2 hours before the first flight. The overall tasting experience was quite different, as one would expect. Day 2 wines were softer, displaying more ripe fruit, and less harsh tannins.
Kudos to Mark for both a fantastic experience as well as providing an instructive opportunity on
July 2, 2021 - All about potential. Bundled up with intense black fruit and good quality oak. Improves with air but you just know it will develop into something special. Fantastic material but 91 now for enjoyment
June 27, 2021 - 2005 Bordeaux at 16 years courtesy of Mark Taylor; 6/26/2021-6/27/2021 (Atlanta, GA): Shy with a hint of cherry, white pepper, sharp on the back of the nostrils. A liqueur personality, spicy, hot a laser of fruit intensity. More mineral and subtle on the finish. My #6 and the group #6. I was sure this was either Clos Fourtet or Alter Ego but settled on the wrong one.
May 16, 2021 - This has become one of my favourite St Emilion estates, and in its great years is the embodiment of decadence. This will not hit its peak for another couple of years, but I can't keep my hands off it. It is well worth opening one now if you have a case but give it most of the day in the decanter. This is in line with my note from last September re taste profile, but there is tannin still needing to further resolve. Apart from the tannin issue it is pretty much a perfect right bank wine with an extraordinary depth on the palate and finish with absolute perfect balance. The length on the finish exceeds 60 seconds and stays in complete harmony until the final moments. I will leave this now for another couple of years when it could be nudging a perfect score. Bring on the 2009!
May 1, 2021 - This 05 clos fourtet is the most classic example of St Emilion. Powerful darkfruits (blackberry, hint of plum, currant, with earthy undertones). Decanted for 3 hours but man so young! Very good length, with consistent pallet throughout. If one had to pick one wine to represent a classic St E, this 05 would be a great choice!
February 4, 2021 - Cellared since release, perfect cork and fill. Dark red to rim. Intense nose of berry, cherry, chocolate. Full body, rich layered ripe fruit, good balancing acidity, some grainy tannins. Modern style, no complexity so far. Should go for another decade. Excellent.
January 15, 2021 - Beautiful expressive nose of graphite, chocolate and raspberries. Full bodied with fine grained but assertive tannins. Good concentration and depth but a bit monolithic. Finish is quite dry.
December 31, 2020 - Powerful dark fruit (plums and berries) in the nose, limited tertiary notes which makes the wine smell young.
On the palate, additional flavours like chocolate and liquorice appear, combined with a present acidity. Tannins are well integrated. This is ready to drink but will keep. Long finish.
Comparing it to a 2005 Troplong Mondot which I recently tasted (and scored 95) I would say the Clos Fourtet is more subtle and less intensity and is a bit more acidic. Both are really enjoyable and drinking well now.
December 24, 2020 - Air for 2hrs,
Appearance: deep ruby, with beautiful legs
On nose : pronounced intensity, dark fruit : plums, ripe blue berries, violet flora, lichorice, an hr later it came up with soy source, but it developed into truffle after an hr later, tobacco, cedar wood, vanilla oak, very complex, it has a lot of development still.
On palate : rich flavour intensity, dark fruit, pine wood, truffle on front palate, fine but substantial tannin, and med+ acidity on med palate, savoury and a light dark chocolate bitterness with high alcohol at the back. Long finishing, opulent and juicy aftertaste
I will say this is a premium one and I do not feel regret to open it now. As everybody knows that 05’ is an extraordinary vintage and I believe this wine has a lot of room to go. I would say this wine just like a 20yrs marriage, substantial with fulfilment. This is my 2nd bottle and it is much better than the one that I opened 2 yrs ago. No regrets, Cheers!