2005 Larteau, Bordeaux Supérieur

SKU #1071785

This is a rarity: 100% Merlot, from what is universally regarded as an outstanding vintage for Bordeaux, and under $15! Larteau ages this wine in barrique for 18 months, 30% new. This is ready to drink now and mirrors the quality of the vintage, with mature, elegant tannins and density in the mouth and a long finish. Decant and enjoy tonight!

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/18/2012 | Send Email
2005 was the last vintage prior to the 2009's where one could reliably expect exceptional quality in the $10 to $20 range for Bordeaux reds. With an additional four years under its belt, this 2005 AOC Bordeaux Superieur from Chateau Larteau is drinking beautifully. From vineyards on the banks of the Dordogne River SW of Libourne. 100% Merlot. 18 months in oak with about 30% new. Red and black fruits of cherry and plum. Ripe and sweet. Smooth textured. There is richness here appropriate to the near perfect 2005 vintage, but a structured seriousness as well that belies the $15 price point. Enjoyable now or anytime over the next 3 to 5 years.

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