2005 Dubourg, St-Emilion

SKU #1034876

The tiny estate (2.5 hectares or about 6 acres) is located at Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens, 4 kilometers from the village of Saint Emilion. The fruit comes from old vines (around 35 years old) that are grown in an exceptionally favorable site with clay and gravelly, sandy soils. The vineyard is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, fairly typical for the appellation. The wine underwent a traditional fermentation in thermoregulated vats and was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for eight months. The result is a wine of beautiful color with a nose dominated by vanilla and dark fruits. On the palate, the wine has lots of both bright red fruits and darker fruit with good acidity and a bit of grip. The tannins are fairly well integrated but this wine will no doubt improve with a bit of bottle age. Do not hesitate to open it now, though, to get a peek at this much-heralded vintage.

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Price: $17.99

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/16/2009  | Send Email
Back in and lovely as ever. Lots of bright red and dark fruit with good acidity and a bit of grip. The tannins are fairly well integrated but this wine will no doubt improve with a bit of bottle age.

By: Patty Torrel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/31/2009  | Send Email
This is a great value St. Emilion. It is soft and approachable, though not fleshy. The palate shows restrained red and black fruit, chocolate, and just enough grip to make it interesting. Definitely drinking now, but will hold and improve over the next few years.

 By: Colman Stephenson |  Review Date: 2/27/2009 
Rather tight now, this will have plenty to offer in a couple of years time.

Its a savoury wine and rather masculine. Lovers of plush soft wines should look elsewhere. Its not Merlot as many people think of it.

Above all its unbeatable value. A perfect example of the maxim: "In great years purchase regular wines" (the corallary being: in poor vintages buy great wines.). Good find K&L.

Looks like 2005 is a great year for affordable bordeaux.
Drink from 2010

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion