Thursday, September 23, 2010

*** Christian Moueix Bordeaux series - And Unique Tasting: Blend of Medoc, St. Emilion and Pomerol, 2005, France

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 Original Note, April, 2008:  I was excited about this series... a line of Bordeaux reds from the acclaimed 2005 vintage, all vinted by the equally-acclaimed Christian Moueix - winemaker from such well-regarded Bordeaux properties as Château Pétrus and Château Trotanoy in France, and Dominus Estate in Napa Valley, CA. Plus, these were all in the modest price range, under $25 U.S.

Results? Well, a decent wine from Pomerol from the set, but no screaming values and no life-altering experiences...

Review and Rating: ***+ Christian Moueix Pomerol, 2005, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

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

Review and Rating: ** Christian Moueix Medoc, 2005, Medoc, France


Updated Note, over two years later, September, 2010:  Here is a unique experience indeed:  Back in 2008, I combined the three wines above in roughly even quantities and recorked.  Here's the tasting of the blend, now five years from vintage date:

In the glass:  Deep magenta, opaque in the center.

On the nose:  Rich, classic, deep black and red berries.  Seems fairly high-pitched.

On the palate:  Tangy, but charcoal tinged mid-palate, bright fruit quickly yielding to a harshness reminiscent of spent cigarette ash.  Bright fruit, potent alcohol and still-apparent tannins surround the rough middle.  Seems to take its primary cues from the St. Emilion in the blend.  Two stars, with plus for promise with air or time.

With long decant, held two days under vacuum:  Alcoholic, powerful black cherry nose, not high-pitched any longer.  Now a rich, even toned furriness comes through on the mid-palate, buttressed by red and black fruits, long-lasting tannins and a touch of acid which keeps everything slightly bright.  Moves up to three full stars. 

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