2005 Valentons Canteloup, Bordeaux Supérieur

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The Chateau Des Valentons Canteloup is in the commune of St. Loubes just across the Dordogne west of Libourne and south of Fronsac and about 9 miles east of the city of Bordeaux. The estate has been in the Meynard family since 1916 and is planted to 65 % Merlot with 20% Cabernet sauvignon and 15 % Cabernet Franc. Yields are limited to an average of 58hl per hectare by green harvest. The soil is clay and silt on iron rich alluvial gravel subsoil. The grapes are hand harvested, hand sorted and destemmed before a maceration of 25 to 45 days with some bleeding to concentrate the red and make some rose. Fermentation is in stainless steel and some oak is used in the maturing of the wine. The wine has a nice, expressive nose with elegant notes of red flowers. On the palate, it is a supple medium bodied wine with nice balance and a lovely roundness from the Merlot and a bit of structure from the cabernets. This is a great wine for the table and is priced for everyday enjoyment. This is real honest wine and a pleasure to drink. It will go well with red meats and hard cheeses. You can enjoy it now or put it in the cellar for another 3 to 5 years

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2011 | Send Email
Among the most recent Bordeaux vintages, the 2005 vintage has by far produced the most drinkable reds of the highest quality, particularly in the $10 to $20 price range. Three years after release, the 2005 Chateau des Valentons Canteloup Bordeaux Supérieur is really hitting its stride. Notes of cedar and red fruits on the nose. On the palate red and black fruits, cherry and plum. The wine has the characteristic ’05 fruit – big, sweet, and mouth filling. Soft-textured with some fine tannins on the finish. Good balance overall and a terrific value for everyday drinking at $11.99.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/13/2010 | Send Email
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The other half of Clyde’s recent 2005 Bordeaux value haul involves this Bordeaux Supérieur. As with the Bois-Malot, this is a near-term drinking Bordeaux that shows the essence of the great ’05 vintage. Located near Fronsac, this lovely Gem provides a deep ruby red color, with a lovely perfumed nose of violets and cranberry notes. In the mouth, the wine is balanced, well-structured, with modest, nicely integrated silky tannins, ripe fruit, a fleshy mouthfeel and a long, bright finish. Anderson feels that this puppy will also be one of our house red wines for Thanksgiving dinner and for the month. 13% ABV. (Jim Barr)
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