Château Patache d’Aux Médoc 2005

Château Patache d'Aux Médoc 2005

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Cru Bourgeois Superieur, fwiw.

1st night, and 375ml: Initially, a very muted nose. More graphite and leaf, custardy oak, red fruits. Tight and dry on the palate. Intermission was called, and I opened a Taylors Jaraman Shiraz 2009 to pass the time – a review will follow in good time. Anyway, the Medoc wine: with time, more classically Cabernet on the nose, very alluring if you’re into that sort of thing: red currants, liquorice, graphite, a touch of leaf and oak, nicely balanced. I am beginning to like it. But oh dear, the palate is very disappointing in comparison: sour, short, dry. A bit better with food, but not much chop.

2nd night: fruit has come up on the palate somewhat, but it could never be described as plush or generous. Still structured, and no real signs of it having fallen over. Not a great appellation, so I am not sure if any fruit will ever appear, so I would drink sooner rather than later, but perhaps leave a couple more years. 86 points. Drink 2013-2018?. 13.0% abv. $47.

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