Chateau Senejac 2005

87 points

Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France. 13%

A minerally, iron-like, savoury claret – similar in style to previous vintages though with greater density and a little more weight.  Less expressive than I expected, especially on the nose – which made me wonder about slight cork influence or bottle shock from travel.

Certainly bears little resemblance to the following (cask sample) reviews from 2006:

Robert Parker [WA]: 89-91 points, excellent to outstanding “Starting in 2005, the luxury cuvee, Karolus, will no longer be made as the proprietors believe they have raised the level of Senejac to that of a luxury wine. The 10,000-case 2005, made by well-known oenologist, Jacques Boissenot (a disciple of the late Emile Peynaud), is the finest I have yet tasted. Its saturated ruby/purple color is accompanied by rich aromas of licorice, forest floor, blackberries, and chocolate-infused black currants. This medium-bodied, moderately tannic, rich wine is clearly of classified-growth quality. It will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and last for 12-14 years.” Stephen Spurrier [Decanter]: 17 points, highly recommended “Deep colour, lively fragrant style with pure vineyard fruit and definite elegance. Drink 2009-18.”

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