Sunday, February 17, 2008

Review and Rating: ** Christian Moueix Saint-Emilion, 2005, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

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In the glass, the Christian Moueix Saint-Emilion, 2005, following about three hours of decanting, looks medium-red to mahogany. Oddly, it seems to show some traces of brick/orange highlights - odd, because that is generally characteristic of older wines.

Aromas are shy, definitely old work of bark and roots.

On the palate, a fairly stingy first note is of tannins and acids to the roof of the mouth. A touch of fruit trickles from the harsh, almost charcoal-like wrapping, kind of like a small withering stream in the desert. I can only give this two stars today - I'm not enthusiastic about the bottles I acquired for aging. But the tough tannins do suggest there may be a bit of life in there still.

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