2005 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

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Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, France, Graves, Pessac-Léognan, Red Wine


Remarkable nose of smoke, graphite, tobacco and cassis. This has been open and decanted for more than 4 hours, but it’s still a tannic monster of a wine. At first, I thought the fruit could never catch up with the tannins, but as the wine keeps opening up, it keeps gaining balance. Apart from the obvious tannins, this displays a minerality, that I don’t usually find typical for Bordeaux. Extremely feminine and elegant in a good way while clearly fully ripe and sappy. The texture is more like silk than velvet and the acid gives this wine freshness and lift. By far the best second wine from Bordeaux I’ve ever had and one, that I think will need 10 years to drink well. If I had a case, I’d be thrilled.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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