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Venturing into 2005 Bordeaux


2005 Chateau Bellisle Mondotte, Saint-Emilion
Yes, it is quite early.  Yes, the wine is young.  But after all the (failed?) semi-hype around the 2015s I felt like checking in on a 2005.  Located near Troplong Mondot, La Mondotte and Tertre Roteboeuf, the vineyards sit amongst highly regarded properties.  A very deep color.  Quite meaty and still tannic (as expected).  Notes of black fruit at first sip.  Then earth with a mineral bite.  Wine is long in the mouth.  For a moment the wine showed more like a Left Banker (maybe St.-Estephe), but then the longer the bottle aired, it reverted back to the Right.  I like this wine and think it just needs more bottle age to simmer down a bit.  It remains a fine value in quality Bordeaux. DB.

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