Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Review: **** $$ Chateau Tour St Bonnet, Cru Bourgeois, Medoc, Bordeaux, France, 2005

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Today we are sampling a reasonably well-aged modestly priced Left-Bank Bordeaux from the Medoc region, that wine-growing region of France which never quite made it into the 1885 classification system.  This wine sports the "Cru Borgeois" quality designation, which only survived a few short years, from 2004 to 2007.  The 2005 season in Bordeaux was widely-recognized as generating a wide range of higher-than-average quality wines.

Original tasting and review , April, 2012, seven years from vintage date: This is Chateau Tour St Bonnet, Cru Bourgeois, Medoc, Bordeaux, France, 2005, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep mahogany, almost opaque in the center. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft aromas of deep, black berry fruit, lightly oaked.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich and clean.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full, balanced and both dark and bright.  Very dry dark berries, with a solid surround of acids and still noticeable tannins.  This will work well in concert with dry-aged beef.  For sipping on its own, it is too shy of fruit.  Clean finish with just-ripe blackberries and red currant. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, heavily on its promise for the future and with a longer decant.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially-filled bottle:  Shy but fairly soft, slightly old-world nose.  Fruit is beginning to emerge now, well balanced.  Suggests the higher expectations with air time are being met. 
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Updated review, over two years later, now nine years from vintage date, June, 2014:  Still mahogany in color, lighter at the edges.  Solid, structured deep fruit aroma.  Nice dark dry cherry on the palate, with full, sandy surrounding tannins.  Grown up for sure, but not showing any signs of excess age, shows enormous residual power in the tannins and black fruit to spare.  Gains a full point to just touch four stars and becomes a best value at its modest Medoc pricing level.  Still wants a good dry-aged beef to turn it even more friendly.

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