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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
2005 Chateau Pipeau- Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
The 2005 Chateau Pipeau is composed of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The average age of the vines that produce this wine is 50 years, so we're talking about a wine with loads of concentration and brooding wine power. The color of the wine is extremely dark and opaque, and the flavors follow suit. On the nose I get bucket loads of black currant, spice, blackberry, cedar, melted black licorice, and vanilla. On the palate this wine grips down with a extreme amount of force and tannins that bite down on the front palate. Rustic black currant, blackberry extract, pencil lead, and cedar box are just a few of the humongous and dark flavors that destroy the palate. There is lots of green and woody tannins on the front palate but the finish is loaded with black fruit purity. I believe this could be real a stunner in 10-15 years, but right now I must be honest and say that it's hardly drinkable. It's like licking a cedar box, then eating a cluster of unripe black currants! I do believe in the aging potential and backbone of this wine and love wines that don't take the over-ripe and sugarfied way out. This wine shows real guts and a traditional rusticity and force. 89+ Points