Sunday, October 11, 2009

2004 Clos Mogador

Thrilled to be at Andy and Susan's and opening a bottle of my very first Mogador. A rarity and a great great pleasure. This one on opening is deep but restrained on the nose.the kind of wine you know immediately has many pleasures to offer. but at this point hasn't developed bottle bouquet. the tannins are plentiful but very soft and the acid is low but not too low. the finish is basically endless. caramel violet and toasty oak with i can't help thinking some hazelnut. there is mocha and a bit of sherry/raisin on the nose. blackberry too. this is hedonistically rich, full bodied that will get perfumey and even more silky on the finish as the tannin resolves further. can't get much better than this in a young red wine. I'd give it 97 points. I'd say will improve 3-4 years and last another 10-15.

Clos Mogador is produced by the esteemed Rene Barbier who has hit homeruns in both 2003 and 2004. The 2004 Clos Mogador has a more saturated purple color than the 2003 as well as a more expressive perfume of mocha, coffee, and flowers (violets) in addition to toasty oak, earth, and blue and black fruits. More extracted and backward than the 2003, it demands a decade of cellaring and should drink well for an additional 20 years. The 2004 is a tour de force.96+ points.