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.