2005 Chantegrive, Graves

SKU #1036385 Wine Spectator

 Aromas of plum and toasted oak, with a hint of mineral. Full-bodied, with lovely, silky, polished tannins. Long and caressing. Best after 2010. (Web Only- 2008)

K&L Notes

The lovely, garnet-colored 2005 Château de Chantegrive is an even blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from Podensac. Delightfully complex without being overripe, the wine shows black fruit and light toast, supported by subtle tannins. How could you NOT like this wine? Plenty of mineral flavors and aromas. Rated a super value by Clyde. Open and drink!

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2013 | Send Email
There are still a few great deals from 2005 left! This is one of them. The lovely fruit of the vintage is present on the nose and the first sip -- soft red berries and a lovely accent of spice. The earth of the Graves comes through on the back end with a kick of minerality from that gravely soil. It should be more expensive.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2009 | Send Email
Soft and elegant wine with mineral undertones-a 2005 wine you can enjoy now with decanting-delicious.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2008 | Send Email
Gravelly, earthy and rocky aromas rise from this ripe and fresh wine. This is complex, smooth and supple with plenty of sweet, black fruit and a long, toasty finish where the fine tannins kick in. This is balanced, ripe and absolutely lovely for drinking now, though it would be a shame not to cellar some.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.