Monday, May 21, 2012
Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol 2005 95 Points
Clear, day bright, cherry red with slight garnet towards the rim, medium concentration and medium plus viscosity.
Clean, high intensity, dark cherries, red plums, spicy, gamey profile, cedary and complex leather, earthy, mineral, subtle oaking.
Dry with medium plus acidity, medium plus alcohol, medium plus tannins, broad shoulders with delicate red fruits follows through, long lenght, high complexity.
This is classic Pibarnon, in a very good year, thrilling and captivating, yet so embryonic, best revisited around 2017, may be kept if cellared properly until 2023+.
At less than R 300 per bottle, might sound expensive now, but in 10 years time, this will look absurdly cheap and great value, yet will continue to reward the senses.
Highly intellectual wine.