2005 Mille Roses, Haut-Médoc

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According to Robert Parker: "Soft, cedar, black cherry and currant fruit intermixed with hints of tobacco leaf and spice emerge from this round, generously endowed, soft Haut-Medoc. A blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, it can be drunk now or kept for 5-6 years." (08/08) And, from the Wine Spectator: "Shows ripe raspberry and plum aromas, with hints of tea and light toasty oak. Medium-bodied, with very clean fruit and a soft, silky finish. Not a big wine, but pretty and fruity, with good complexity. Best after 2009." (Web only, 2008) David Faure, winemaker at Château Mille Roses in Bordeaux's Haut-Médoc made an excellent wine in 2005, a real standout for the vintage, especially for the price. The Mille Roses property is in Macau, just a stone's throw from the Margaux appellation and the famed Château Giscours. The name means "1,000 roses," an homage to Faure's mother, who used to cultivate a wide variety of roses in the château gardens. The 12.4-acre organic vineyard is planted with 25- and 30-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Merlot (40%) vines. Production is about 2,500 cases.

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