Nice visit with some friends yesterday and one of them was generous and thirsty - always a good combination in the the world of wine.
After a few snacks he wanted something special so he pulled the cork on a 2005 Chateau Mazeyres, a Pomerol. He and I each bought a couple bottles of this at $30 apiece on the recommendation of a third party when it first hit the market . The wine is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.
This is definitely not your grandmother's Merlot. It was inky dark in the glass and there wasn't much coming out in the way of a nose. After a minute or two of swirling there were deep, dark cherries, earth, oak and spice starting to pop out. The taste was intense with deep fruit flavors, good acid and a blast of tannin from the-mid palate on. The hype about 2005 Bordeaux wines was true for this particular one. My best guess is that it needs five years to show it best stuff.
My friend then admitted that he had returned to that particular store and bought two more bottles after his initial purchase, and his only regret was that he didn't buy more.