Elegant, sweet cassis and cherry fruit jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, stylish, seductive 2005 that has no hard edges, silky tannins, and a lush, hedonistic personality. It will offer gorgeous drinking during its first 10-15 years of life. Drink 2007-2022
A strong effort from this estate, the 2005 Dassault, a sleeper of the vintage, has a deep ruby/purple color, fragrant aromas of blueberries and candied cherries, medium body, and excellent texture as well as concentration. The silky tannin suggests it will be accessible upon release and keep for 10-12 years.
Mid crimson. Sweet and chocolatey - covered cherries? Slightly dull and muted on the palate - a bit mundane - but nothing wrong with it. Certainly competent and well balanced. Very dry tannins on the finish. Very sweet and not too overworked, though there is a suggestion of oak there still. Relatively straightforward and light to medium weight. Drink 2013-21.
Aromas of blackberry, cherry and chocolate follow through to a full-bodied palate, velvety tannins and a long finish. Another winner from here.
South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.