2005 St-Hilaire, Médoc

SKU #1032409

This is new-world Bordeaux with enough forward fruit and body to please a California-cab palate. Owned by Mr Uijttewaal since 1982, this property has seen tremendous improvements over the past ten years. Only 8000 cases a year from this small estate located 80 km north of the city of Bordeaux in a village called Jau Dignac et Loirac in the north Médoc. Deep gravely soil along with a clayey-chalky subsoil provides this value-priced Bordeaux red with plenty of stuffing, especially in the ripe, precocious vintage of 2005. The blend is 50% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot and 5% cabernet franc, vinified in stainless steel and aged for one year in oak (1/3 new each year). A fantastic wine to have on hand for strip sirloin on the grill, steak fajitas or burgers. The famous Mr Boissenot is the consultant here.

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Price: $24.99

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/16/2009  | Send Email
Back in again; this is a fabulous value! An elegant New World Bordeaux with enough forward fruit and body to please a California Cab palate.

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/10/2009  | Send Email
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A great 2005 vintage Bordeaux for an unbelievable price.A blend of 50% cabernet savignon, 45% merlot and 5% cabernet franc. Only 8000 cases made! A full, rich nose of red and black fruits with a hint of cassis and spice. Rich on the palate, with soft tannins and new oak. A perfect wine to pair with grilled foods!
Top Value!

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/3/2009  | Send Email
I rejoice at the return of the 2005 St-Hilaire, Médoc at $16.99. I believe this was the very first wine of the 2005 vintage to arrive in our Redwood City store way back in August of 2007. It made quite an impression then, and an extra two years in the bottle has only improved it. The wine shows a hint of violets on the nose, ripe red cherry fruits, and good weight and structure. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. Ready to drink.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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