2005 Plaisance "Cuvée Alix" Bordeaux Supérieur

SKU #1033586

We have carried this wine for more than 10 years, and this 2005 does not disappoint. Very lively and fresh with tons of sweet red fruits on the palate. Decant one hour and enjoy its somky, toasty tobacco aroma. Semi New Wave, but Clyde loves its fruit-forward sensation. Robert Parker scores it 90 points and says: "Owned by Bernard Magrez's son, this cuvee is made in consultation with Michel Rolland and the Magrez winemaker, Jean Cordeau. The sensational 2005 is the finest Plaisance ever made. Broad, savory, black currant and cherry flavors intermixed with subtle notes of roasted herbs, licorice, and spice box are copious as well as intense. This is a round, generous, opulent effort from a low level pedigree that transcends its category by a considerable margin. Drink it over the next 5-6 years." (08/08) 89 points Stephen Tanzer: "Red-ruby. Distinctly wild aromas of game, mocha and dark chocolate. Then surprisingly sexy and intense in the mouth, with good cut and plenty of personality, albeit in a gamey style. Finishes with firm tannins and good length. Should offer early appeal." (May/June '08)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/26/2010  | Send Email
This was the hit for price/quality with both the staff and customers. The wine is strikingly dark in color. On the nose I first thought there was a slight bretty aroma but more herb and earth with blackberry and spice in the background. Lots of blackberry and spice with some herbal flavors. The mouth feel is pretty astringent so be a fan of astringency or have this with a fatty steak. The finish is long filled with black fruit and earth.

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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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Bordeaux

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