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Sunday, April 26, 2009

2005 Chateau Marquis D'Alesme Becker

Château Marquis d'Alesme Becker is a third growth Bordeaux from the Margaux appellation. The 40 acre estate is planted to 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. Approximately 8000 cases of the Grand vin is produced per year, and 2000 cases of the second wine, Marquis d'Alesme.

I've never tasted this wine and have had it in my cellar for about a year and even though it is quite young, I decided to give it a go because I was craving a Bordeaux. Bordeaux is really my favorite wine region and it was her beauty shown through a 1996 Chateau Angélus that captured my imagination and turned me on to wine.

This dark ruby colored wine has beautiful aromas of black raspberry, tar, soil, black licorice, vanilla, and slight hints of wild lavender. On the palate this wine is rich and with very ripe tannins, and shows flavors reminiscent of blackberry, black currant, espresso, graphite, and hints of vanilla and cedar on the finish. This wine is very young and is actually showing beautiful length and deep, intense flavor. I see this wine improving dramatically with proper cellaring for another 10+ years. This is a great example of the power and near perfection of the 2005 vintage. 92 points

 
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