Sunday, April 13, 2014

Review: Chateau Faizeau Selection Vieilles Vignes, Montagne Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France, 2005

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Montagne Saint-Emilion is one of the "satellite" appelations ringing around the most well-known base appelation of Saint-Emilion.  We are sampling a well regarded, modestly-priced offering from the region, cellared to nine years from vintage date.  This is consistent with Robert Parker's recommendation that the 2005 vintage of this offering would be good for a decade.

Original tasting and review : This is Chateau Faizeau Selection Vieilles Vignes, Montagne Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France, 2005, finished at 14.5% alcohol, quite a high number for this region.

In the glass: Deep, dusty mahogany blood red, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a woody and brambly element around the fruit.  From the aroma, this is definitely fully old-world in style, still shy but unfortunately with some cork showing.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact classic, both bright and bold.  The bright black raspberry feel of the fruit touches first at the tip of your tongue, then curls in your cheeks, releasing more of a blackberry than black raspberry flavor (but with the acidity of black raspberry).  A real grip of bright tannins attaches to your gums and holds fast for a full minute, slowly releasing its hold, very slowly.  The alcohol is not apparent, except as it adds power to the distinctive grip of this finish.

In summary: Because of the slight corking, I won't provide a  rating on the Spirit of Wine scale, but this seems to have the stuffing and layers to reach 3+ level or slightly better.

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