2005 Clarke, Listrac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Space limitations did not allow complete tasting notes for this Cru Bourgeois, but 2005 is the finest vintage for these wines since 1982. The range of scores for these wines should give readers an idea of just how consistent this vintage is at this level. Given the style of the vintage, most of these wines should be accessible young yet evolve for a decade or more because of their concentration and tannic structure.
Barrel sample. A ripe wine, heavily dominated by new wood, spice, herbs and dry tannins. The fruit tannins are somewhat harsh and tough, but the ripe fruit will certainly develop.
Dark ruby in color, with licorice, black coffee and ripe berry. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and mineral and berry flavors. Has a lovely texture and bright acidity. A little disjointed now, but lots going on. Best after 2011.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
($30; 48% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 8% cab franc and 2% petit verdot) Full ruby. Fresh aromas of currant, violet and bitter chocolate. Smooth and deep, with good spine and thickness to the dark berry and licorice flavors. Finishes firmly tannic but not hard. Has the vinosity to support bottle aging.
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