2005 Chateau Clos des Jacobins

Year: 2005
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 87
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$64.95

"Dark in color, almost black. Aromas of raisin, spices and blackberry follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long, powerful finish. Has loads of fruit and toasty oak. This is exciting. A new 1947? Best after 2016. 2,415 cases made." (WS)

"This may be the finest wine I have ever tasted from Clos des Jacobins. Proprietor Bernard Decoster and consulting winemaker Hubert de Bouard have fashioned a magical blend of 75% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc as well as a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon. An opulent, flamboyant nose of incense, forest floor, creme de cassis, pain grille, cappuccino, and licorice is followed by a fleshy, opulent, heady, atypically showy St.-Emilion. Although there is plenty of sweet tannin, the wine’s precociousness and flamboyant, even ostentatious style suggests it should be drunk over the next 12-15+ years." (WA)

"Good full ruby. Black raspberry, menthol and bitter chocolate on the nose, with hints of espresso and herbs. Nose dominated by primary fruits; offers good texture but comes across as a bit undifferentiated at this early stage. But there's more flesh here to support the tannins than I have found in recent vintages from this chateau. Wait until 2012." (VM)