Chateau Brillette, Moulis-En-Medoc 2005 (3.7/5)


Integrity4.5
Balance4
Complexity3.0
Persistence3.5
Hedonism3.5

Notes: It appears deep dark red with only a bit of the rim going towards garnet, good legs. On the nose it's clean and still quite young and primary, offering med+ notes of blackcurrants and branbles (cabernet character is dominating despite the blend) with developing secondary notes of cedar and sweet baked spices. The wine is quite modern in style and there is a treatment of fruit here that you would expect in the best Napa cabs, although the Medoc terroir expression is not betrayed. On the palate is dry, with med+ acidity, med/med+ supple/smooth tannins, med+ alcohol (a bit too high honestly), medium+ to full body. The attack is very nice, mid palate gets unfortunately bit lean, but then recover in the med/med+ finish.
Very Good quality, it starts to be enjoyable now but I think it has still several years ahead, Premium price but good value for money for a claret of such a vintage. 52% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot.  


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