For Christmas, we drank a bottle of Tour du Pin Figeac Moueix 2005, good wine for this property where this vintage is the last one listed as a Grand Cru Classé (because the property was downgraded). The new owners of Cheval Blanc transformed its name to Château La Tour du Pin which will be a Saint Emilion Grand Cru starting with the 2006 vintage.
Following, we had a half-bottle of a wine listed as one of the best wines in the world by the Wine Spectator (and noted 95 by Robert Parker): Clos des Papes 2005, very good, balanced, pure, delicious and easy to drink (surprisingly, this particular example justifies the false notion that the so-called American taste is for over-the-top wine!). Too bad we didn’t have a full bottle… We finished with a half bottle of one of our wines: Bel Air Ouÿ 2000.
The next day, we drank with Murielle’s parents a Flor de Pingus 2003. Always good (one of Murielle’s favorite wines) and Monbousquet 1994 who aged well and was a success in this difficult vintage.