Madiran, France; 13% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 4 Dec
After the terrific 2003 Chateau de la Motte, I jumped at this bottling from a generally better year. Unfortunately, the 2005 is a pale shadow of the 2003.
Where the 2003 poured very dark purple and dense, this wine was translucent, slightly darker red. Its flavors were fairly simple cherry, cranberry, maybe pomegranate, and there wasn’t much of the hard, tannic finish for which the Tannat grape is known. After about two hours of air, the wine had a brief period where it seemed about as aired as it would ever get on the first night. I thought maybe I was missing something, so I covered the decanter until the next night. Then, while the color and flavors had darkened to a tangy medium purple, the wine was still rather thin and simple. It’s okay, but I had really been hoping for more.