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.