2005 d'Arche, Haut-Medoc (Previously $25)

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From one of the most Southern vineyards of the medoc. Just south of Cantemerle and la lagune and owned by Mahler-Besse Family. 40% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Carmenère Classified a Cru Bourgeois in 1932, Château d'Arche has been managed and sold in exclusivity by Mähler-Besse, owners of Chateau Palmer, since 1994. The estate has become one of their flagship wines. Château d'Arche has 9 hectares of old vines, a beautiful country house and typical Médoc-style cellars.

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2010 | Send Email
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Established in 1932, this vineyard has been owned by Ch. Palmer since 1994. This property includes 9 hectares of old vine stock and it shows in the final blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and carmenere. A great bargain for a 2005, this wine shows plenty of red and black fruits, subtle oak and round tannins. Priced inexpensively enough for everyday!
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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2010 | Send Email
Classic 2005. Don't let the low price scare you away. This reminds me of the 1997 Cantemerle: it drinks great young, but will age (if you can keep your hands off it.) Wild spicy berry and floral character. Full-bodied, with soft tannins.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2010 | Send Email
Château d'Arche is located in the village of Ludon just north of the city of Bordeaux itself. The property consists of 9 hectares of vineyards on gravel soils immediately adjacent to neighboring third growth, La Lagune. Owned by negociant firm Mahler-Besse since the early 1990s, Château d'Arche produces consistent wines of high quality at reasonable prices. The 2005 vintage is quite possibly the best in recent memory. Typical of the vintage, the immediate impression is of big, generous fruit with tart blackberry and sweet black currant notes. Underneath, however there is superb structure, lively acidity and firm tannins. This is still clearly a young Bordeaux but one with obvious class and breeding. Great to drink now or over the next 5 to 10 years. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Carmenere.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/20/2009 | Send Email
This wine is a part of the Mahler-Besse stable, located near Ludon-Médoc just south of Margaux (think La Lagune). It has that beautiful cassis nose of classic Bordeaux. Right now the wine is a bit shut down, but nice heady cassis and red fruit come through on the finish. Great structure with plenty of tannins and acidity. There is plenty of potential for this wine after a couple years of cellaring, making it a great option for value 2005 wines.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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