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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


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Drofen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate the comment.

Wine is something I yearn to understand. I do my best with a bottle or two a month. My palate isn't terribly discriminating, but I'm working on it. Most of all I can really appreciate the work and effort that goes into each bottle. And I love that craftsmanship.

bacchus said...

Thanks for your comment! I don't pretend to comprehend wine at all but I'm exposed to it a little more than the average human, so I like to opine!! I will be back to visit your blog! Cheers!

Jerry said...

Thanks for stopping at my blog. I'm difinitely going bookmark yours.

You really have a discriminating palate. I wish I had the same taste

bacchus said...

Cheers Jerry! I will follow your blog as well!

reanaclaire said...

cheers to u too Jerry... all about wine vintage? i m not a wine lover but i drink it at times, especially during functions only..

 
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