Couvent des Jacobins GCC St Emilion 2005

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.

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