2005 Chateau La Clemence

Year: 2005
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 89-92
Jeff Leve: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Mineral, leather and berry aromas lead to a full body, with round tannins and a long finish. Chewy. A big wine. Best after 2012. –JS " (WS)

"From proprietor Christian Dauriac, this wine, which has a tendency to be very oaky, has evolved nicely, with the oak well-measured and restrained. The color is a dense purple and the wine full-bodied, rich, heady and youthful. There is still plenty of meat, tannin and body, so this wine would probably be best cellared for another few years. Forget it for now and drink it between 2020 and 2035." (WA)

"Moderately saturated ruby-red. High-toned aromas of black cherry, violet, licorice and menthol, plus a whiff of smoked meat. Pliant, nicely delineated flavors of black cherry and spices offer an insidious sweetness. Finishes firmly tannic and persistent, with lovely violety lift. The best young vintage I've tasted to date from this chateau." (VM)

"Rich, lush and plush, once past the oak, which is evident, the wine is filled with plums, licorice, earth and chocolate covered, black cherries. Hopefully, the oak will fade in a few years, making this a much better wine. 91 points - Tasted Jul 30, 2013" (JL)