Couvent des Jacobins, Grand Cru Classe, St Emilion, Bordeaux, 2005
Le Couvent des Jacobins is planted with 3/4 merlot and 1/4 cabernet franc, with an average vine age of > 40 years, on a soil of sandy clay over clay and limestone – that is an argilo-calcareous soil. Post fermentation, the wine is aged in ~50% new French oak casks for ~12 months.
Natural cork closure, 14% abv; BBR £36.
Benefits from one hour decanting.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, and showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with lifted floral aromas of peony and dried rose bud, stewed black cherry and black berry, liquorice and dried berries.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, integrated medium (+) drying tannins, with medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, with medium (+) intensity, opening with floral notes of dried rose bud, then stewed red and back berried fruit, and liquorice with a low-key nutty nuance. A long length with a clean moderately gummy finish.
Quality – a wine of very good quality, with balanced acidity and alcohol, the latter showing, to my mind, a little high for the intensity and concentration of flavour. Quite a complex wine, fully developed with tertiary notes of dried fruits, flowers and nuts. Absolutely ready to drink now, this wine will keep but not improve, for a further 2-3 years.