Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2005 Bordeaux Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 2005 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (93WE, 92RP, 91ST, 90W&S, 90WS) and 1-bottle of 2005 Rouget, Pomerol (93DC, 92RP, 92WS, (88-90ST)). Of the 2005 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan,Wine Enthusiast writes: "A complete wine, rich and opulent. It has all the right balances of acidity, sweet fruits, black flavors and underlying dry tannins. Excellent." (06/2006)
This lot contains the following items:
2005 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (qty: 1)
2005 Rouget, Pomerol (qty: 1)
A complete wine, rich and opulent. It has all the right balances of acidity, sweet fruits, black flavors and underlying dry tannins. Excellent.
A gorgeous effort from this tiny gem, the 2005 Les Carmes is their best wine since 1998 and 2000. Situated in a beautiful park behind Haut-Brion, this estate fashioned a deep ruby-colored 2005 boasting a brilliantly projected set of aromatics (kirsch, smoke, scorched earth, chocolate, leafy tobacco, and creosote). Its full body is somewhat unexpected given the aromatics’ delicacy and nuance. Zesty acidity, sweet tannin, and a light but substantial, classic, traditional style are found in this offering, which represents a synthesis in style between a grand cru Cote de Beaune Burgundy (such as a Corton) and a great Graves. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028. (RP)
Medium red. Ripe aromas of smoky plum, redcurrant, mocha, tobacco and nutty oak. Rich, pliant and fruity, with ripe acids framing the raspberry and subtle game flavors and contributing to the impression of inner-mouth perfume. Offers good volume and a restrained sweetness. Finishes with dusty, serious tannins and very good length
Clean, saturated fruit tannins place this in an international style. But the soil character is embedded in the wine, appearing after several days of air, once the tremendous volume of tannin begins to yield. The supple and generous feel of the wine belies the power of that tannin, needing a decade or more to mature.
Aromas of plum, chocolate and leather follow through to a full body, with a very good richness of fruit and a caressing, medium finish. Not overdone. Balanced and pretty. Best after 2011
Gamey nose – very full but not heavy or furry. A little rustic but lively and fresh. Proper wine! Quite long too. Proper drink. Pretty dry tannins but not uncomfortably so. (17.5/20 Score)
I liked this blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc just as much as the 2015. The lower alcohol here lends freshness, with the ripe Cabernet Franc grapes yielding a nice floral aspect. Not over-extracted, this is a rather classic style. A true Pomerol: bravo! (PK)
The 2005 is a delicious, complex, outstanding wine from this estate, which has been doing some great work of late. Loads of licorice, truffle, blackcurrant and black cherry fruit are present in this opulent, full-bodied Pomerol. It also has a beautiful texture and purity as well as a long finish. Just approaching full maturity, it has another 10-15 years of further longevity. (RP)
There's beautiful aromas of violet and other flowers, with fruity undertones. Full-bodied, with round, polished tannins that caress the palate. Long and very balanced. Harmonious. (JS)
Saturated ruby-red. Sexy aromas of plum, redcurrant, truffle and meat. Supple, round and gentle, with fat flavors of plum, and licorice pastille. Long, ripe finish features supple tannins and hints of leather and game. (ST)
Scented, lilies on the nose. Very rich and vibrant. Glossy and flattering and very opulent though with lots of ripe tannin too. Quite youthful and long. 17/20 points. (JR)