The most striking feature of the 2005 Clarendelle Rouge is its intensity. It is altogether rich and remarkably intense on both the middle palate and aftertaste. Fairly high acidity accentuates a host of fruity flavors.
2005 Clarendelle Rouge is wonderfully balanced. It starts out beautifully and gradually builds up to a powerful, concentrated middle palate with plenty of volume. The rich, smooth flavor then goes into a very long, elegant aftertaste.
The aromas in the bouquet carry over beautifully onto the palate: red and black fruits, spices, flowers, vanilla and mineral overtones.
The tannins are becoming softer over time, making way for a velvety texture and very fruity flavor.
82% Merlot, 13% Cabernet, 5% Cabernet Franc