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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Rousseau de Sipian 2005 - And a Lesson in Aging

A 2005 Bordeaux from Cambridge Wine Merchants

After a recent mature Bordeaux, I was inspired to dig out another of my Rousseau de Sipian collection.

I had bought two cases of this wine back in about 2010 for something under a tenner - an absolute bargain with hindsight - putting one on the storage rack and leaving the other in its original wooden box on the floor.

The last few bottles of those from the rack had rather disappointed - the fruit had gone and they were tired. So it was with some trepidation that I approached the first from the wooden box.

Yet it was completely different - vibrant and engaging, the fruit still lively, the tannins harmonious but still firm with a fresh acidity providing a backbone of definition.

This is a textbook mature Medoc - with plenty of life left in it: ripe bramble fruits mix with secondary aromas of truffles, mushrooms, cigar box and pencil shavings. Plump, harmonious texture with soft-yet-firm tannins.

A really lovely wine drinking very nicely at the moment.

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