Great Bordeaux Wines

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007 at 12:00 am

A lot of Bordeaux wines will be available to the market at around Spring and Summer of 2008, featuring new varieties and new vintages. Here are some of the Bordeaux wines that top wine reviewers say are worth the wait and the money (they don’t come cheap, you know).

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Chateau Pavie 2005 – Chateau Pavie has been a consistent favorite among wine enthusiasts and wine reviewers alike. The 2005 vintage-a combination of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon-possesses the flavors of liquid mineral, scorched earth, blackberry, cassis liqueur, and roasted coffee. This is accompanied by phenomenal acidity, high tannin, and unbelievable levels of fruit and texture. It is predicted to have a long life, expected to mature in 2017, and kept over for the following 50 or more. Both Robert Parker and the Wine Advocate give this wine their highest marks. Only 7,000 cases of the 2005 vintage will be available to the market.

Chateau Cos d’Estournel 2005 – The 2005 vintage of Cos d’Estournel has an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%) blended with 19% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. The wine boasts of a dense purple color along with a wonderful bouquet of crème de cassis mixed with licorice, pain grille, spice, and cedar. It is between medium to full-bodied, powerful, and rich, with sweet middle taste as well as huge tannins in the finish. This is expected to mature in 2015 and can last for up to 2035. Robert Parker graded this as between 94 to 96 points, while Wine Spectator estimates this as between 95 to 100 points.

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Chateau Angelus 2005 – This is probably one of the finest wines produced at the estate, with a composition of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. It has an amazingly rich bouquet of espresso roast woven with blueberry liqueur, violets, and graphite. It is then followed by a flavor of enormous richness, full body, superb acidity, huge tannin, and nearly perfect symmetry. Robert Parker grades this as between 96 to 99 points, calling it "a titan in th making." Only 7,000 cases will be available to the market.

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Chateau Cheval Blanc 2005 – A spectacular blend of nearly equal parts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this Bordeaux possesses an inky-blue-ruby-purple color. It then reveals an extraordinary aromatic profile of mocha, licorice, pain grille, as well as an abundance of red, blue, and black fruits. As with all Chevals, there is an underlying hint of menthol. This quintessential medium-bodied Cheval Blanc boasts of a stunning texture and high tannin without the aggressiveness nor angularity. It requires 6 to 8 years to age, and it should evolve effortlessly for 35 or more years. Robert Parker graded this as between 96 to 100 points. Only 95,000 bottles were produced.

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Chateau Bellevue Mondotte 2005 – This has a blend of 45-year-old Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a tiny amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. It boasts of a dense purple color along with notes of spring flowers, kirsch liqueur, blackberries, cedar, incense, and spice. The flamboyant aromatics are followed by a wine of great distinction, huge richness, massive body, good acidity, and high tannin. It requires 8 to 10 years of aging, and is expected to last for 40 or so years. Only 4,000 bottles were produced.