2005 was an excellent vintage, but, especially the right bank Merlot based wines, is now starting to really drink well. 100% Merlot. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is lovely with black cherries, cassis, chocolate and spice. Light tannins. Medium bodied. On the palate, black cherries with underlying funk. Good finish. This seems to be about at peak but should drink well for another five to seven years. It drinks well on its own but will work better at the dinner table with perhaps roasted fowl.
Much better and cleaner than another bottle tried a couple years ago. Both were bought on release at the same time. A right bank wine from the great 2005 vintage. The vineyard is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc (unsure about the specific vintage in bottle). Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with cherries, black cherries, cedar, chocolate, slight tobacco and just a bit of smoke. Consumed over two days, this was better/more open on day 2. Full bodied. Lush texture but with good acidity. Lots of black cherry fruit over smoke with some chocolate. Nice finish. This s
2001 was a good if not great vintage and the better wines are certainly at peak. That would include this one. It is one of the better Merlot's produced in Bordeaux. Purple in color, ruby at the core. The nose is nice with cherries, slight plums, some cedar and a bit of milk chocolate. Full bodied. The wine has a nice complexity to it. If is mature and on the refined side. Layers of plums, cherries with an earthy/dried fruit base. Moderate finish. This worked well with a stuffed mushroom cap dish. No real hurry at this point, but probably best to drink up within five to ten years.
100% Merlot. This proved to be a bit controversial. Some of us loved it while others merely liked it. Of course, served along side the First growths, the Merlot based wine might be at a disadvantage for those preferring Cabs. Personally, I thought it was a stunning wine. It kept opening up over the three hours it was in my glass (with an occasional refill). As an aside, there is something wonderful about having a waiter ask you if you would like just a bit more Petrus in your glass. :-) Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is very pretty with cherries, slight cassis, a bit of
Nice to check in on this. That said, this bottle, purchased from retail on release had a significant amount of brett on it. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has some band-aid, slight barnyard, cassis, slight blueberries, and cedar. On the palate, this was decanted and much but not all of the brett blew off. It shows nice fruit with tight layers of barnyard and earth. Medium tannins. Long finish. A cleaner bottle can certainly go longer, but given how this showed, it might be better to open a bottle and see how it is doing. Especially if you have more than one. It needs b
Nice enough wine but seems to be a bit past prime. Ruby in color, slight bricking at the rim. The nose has black cherries, slight cedar and slight spice. On the palate, this is straightforward. Cherries. no tannins. Good balance. Very food friendly. A nice Bordeaux for the dinner table.
09 was a pretty open vintage especially on the right bank. At age 9, this is drinking very well. That said, there is plenty of room for further improvement. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, dark chocolate and char. On the palate, this is juicy with a full bodied texture. Black raspberries, layered with chocolate dust and slight oak notes. Long finish. This will work with roasted meats dishes quite well. Another five years in the cellar and this should come together quite well. If opening now, give it some air.
This is one of my favorite wines from Pomerol. They have gotten crazy expensive over the years and this was probably the last reasonably priced vintage. 2002 was not a great vintage. What is good about it though is that the wines drank well in the short term and were evenly good if not great. This bottle is at peak right now or maybe just shy. It will probably stay there for another few years, so if you own any, be thankful and drink up. It won't get better and depending on the bottle, may start to fade. Purple in color. The nose has dark cherries, chocolate, slight spice and a bit