2005 Dubourg, St-Emilion
The tiny estate (2.5 hectares or about 6 acres) is located at Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens, 4 kilometers from the village of Saint Emilion. The fruit comes from old vines (around 35 years old) that are grown in an exceptionally favorable site with clay and gravelly, sandy soils. The vineyard is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, fairly typical for the appellation. The wine underwent a traditional fermentation in thermoregulated vats and was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for eight months. The result is a wine of beautiful color with a nose dominated by vanilla and dark fruits. On the palate, the wine has lots of both bright red fruits and darker fruit with good acidity and a bit of grip. The tannins are fairly well integrated but this wine will no doubt improve with a bit of bottle age. Do not hesitate to open it now, though, to get a peek at this much-heralded vintage.