($75; a barrel selection that Betz says is |for pleasure, but also for the long term|) Bright, deep ruby-red. Reticent but highly nuanced nose offers dark raspberry, bacon fat, coffee bean and mocha, lifted by a note of wisteria. Wonderfully lush on entry, then solid as a rock in the middle palate, with outstanding chewy density and concentration to its blackberry, cassis and strawberry flavors. Finishes with terrific lingering sweetness and lift. Indeed, this should gain in texture and complexity over the next decade.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2007
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The 2005 Chapitre 3 is opaque purple-colored with a seductive, nearly kinky perfume of cedar, vanilla, mocha, plums, bacon, sausage, and blueberry. Plush on the palate with layers of flavor (smoke and tar make a presence), this supple-textured wine somehow manages a sense of elegance. The finish is very, very long. This wine will develop with a few years in the cellar but it is hard to resist now. As an aside, I tasted a barrel sample of a 2006 Petit Verdot from the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard of which there are only two barrels (50 cases). Were it to be bottled separately, I would rate it (97-100). However, Bob Betz, informed me just prior to going to press that he has decided to blend it into the 2006 Pere de Famille. Oh well?