2005 Château Chollet Rouge Graves

SKU #1145849

Actually called Château Tourteau Chollet but they have shortened it to Château Chollet. This excellent property is in the south part of Bordeaux where the soil is gravelly with some sand. The property consists of 45 hectares (about 90 acres) where 37 ha are dedicated to red wines and 8 ha are dedicated white wines. This property, because of its high quality was classified in 1943 among the top cru of the Grave region. The owner of the property is Maxime Bontoux and the vines on the property average 25 years old-definitely "old vines." The blend is 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2005 vintage was fabulous in Bordeaux and particularly the wines from the southern regions of Bordeaux, and it was one of the greatest Bordeaux (Graves region) vintages since the magnificent 1989 vintage. The wines are maturing quite well and wines such as Chollet are quite ready to enjoy. We tasted this wine in April and bought it on the spot--it just took a long time to get to us. We love the earthy aromas and mineral flavors. Quite elegant with blackberry fruit flavors meshed with minerality. Some other wine people love the wine also-it has garnered two gold medals in European wine competition. This wine is a delicious food wine and I recommend you serve it with rack of lamb or even with your prime rib dinner on Christmas. Open and decant half hour. Enjoy! (Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L co-owner and Bordeaux buyer)

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