Sunday night December 15th 2013 David Raccah and myself attended a special tasting at Scala in Jerusalem, the David Citadel Hotel's gourmet venue. There we met with Nicolas Daniel Ranson and Christophe Bardeau, respectively the co-owner and co-owner+winemaker of Domaine Roses Camille in Pomerol, Bordeaux. We tasted all the kosher wines ever made and released (or about to be) by Bardeau. I had already tasted in the past 3 out of 4 of the wines except the legendary 2005 Roses Camille which was scored 95 by Rogov z.l. and declared as "perhaps the best ever kosher wine out of Bordeaux". It was an extraordinary tasting not only because of the outstanding quality of the wines but even more so for the privilege of meeting and chatting with Bardeau who impressed me immensely by his extraordinary knowledge, dynamism and creativity.
Additionally, Bardeau also made a fully kosher vintage in 2011 at a Saint-Emilion estate, Château Moulin de la Clide. I first tasted it as a barrel sample last May in San Diego but tasting, drinking and enjoying it over 4-5+ hours with a good meal was quite a treat.
Having already posted recently my notes here on the 2006 Roses Camille and 2011 Echo de Roses Camille and having nothing to neither add nor change in my notes regarding those wines for now, following are my tasting notes for the 2005 Roses Camille and 2011 Moulin du Château de la Clide:
Château de la Clide, Moulin de la Clide, Saint-Emilion 2011: A blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot, aged for 18 months in french oak barrels. Dark cherry red with purple reflections, with on the nose green pepper, red cherries and cranberries, fresh peppermint, cloves and hints of morels. Medium to full-bodied with on the palate tart red fruits, garrigue, minerals, fresh tobacco and smoky notes of toasted oak, and with searing tannins wrapping the mouth along with tongue cutting acidity on a moderately long finish that keeps extending as the wine develops in the glass with air. 13.5% Abv. Extremely young but so well-balanced and structured, showing already great harmony and potential for elegance.
Domaine Roses Camille, Pomerol 2005: This wine is most certainly the best kosher Merlot in the world. Period. Super dark garnet, even darker than the 2006 with on the nose lots of red fruit with as well some blackberries and dark plums, lots of great barnyard funk along with wet forest floor, black truffles and tobacco as well as notes of eucalyptus. Full-bodied and concentrated but in a restrained classy way as opposed to a sledgehammer Israeli or Californian blockbuster with juicy red and black fruit on first attack that including raspberries, blackberries, red currants and plums with on the mid palate the truffle, loamy dirt, eucalyptus and peppermint shining through with bracing acidity along notes of tobacco and coffee with mouth-watering backer's chocolate and a stunning designer dress of tannins gently drying the mouth on the long and luscious finish. This is a super sexy and feminine wine, it is not going anywhere for a very long time and it's all about character, presence, elegance and finesse. An extraordinary wine with a unique mouth-feel, I consider myself very much privileged and grateful for having had the luck to taste it. 13.5% Abv.