2005 Clos Kalinda, St-Emilion

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Château Sansonnet may very well be the best Bordeaux producer you've never heard of! Located at the east of Saint-Emilion, on the highest point of the plateau, it neighbors a bunch of great classified growth Bordeaux properties. The d'Aulan family took it over in 1999, and they have renovated this property, pouring many Euros into the winery and vineyards. And what does this have to do with Clos Kalinda? We are very excited about this first Bordeaux wine under the Kalinda label; we waited 30 years after all! We tasted and blended a wine we thought would be a great drinker-and also a fine cellar candidate. We loved Ch. Sansonnet, a fine St-Emilion property, and we were thrilled to be offered their second wine (in France, Lasalle) as a base and blend in some Sansonnet. The expressive bouquet offers a succession of cherry, cinnamon and fine toasted oak. On the palate, the flavor is at the same time fruity and woody. Supple in the mouth, fine chewy tannins, flavors of black fruit, and a very good finish. Like almost all of the 2005 Bordeaux, this wine should be decanted if you are drinking it now. Wonderful with prime-rib dinner.

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/21/2010  | Send Email
An aproachable and affordable Saint-emilion that's ready to drink. Full of dark fruit and velvety tannins. Anything steak would be beautiful with it.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/11/2010  | Send Email
Many people have not heard of Chateau Sansonnet in St-Emilion. This small, very high quality producer makes a fantastic wine that we sell for about $50. Fortunately, they also bottled this blend just for us, and we are able to offer it at about half the price of the regular bottling. This is rich, supple, chewy and complex, with a mouthfilling array of ripe fruit flavors and hints of toast and spice. This is a bargain from the great '05 Bordeaux vintage.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/30/2010  | Send Email
The Clos Kalinda 2005 Saint Emilion represents the first private label Bordeaux for us since I have been at K&L (pushing 24 years). This astounds me since one of our two owners, Clyde Beffa, who does all our Bordeaux purchasing and travels to Bordeaux at least six times a year, has been called Mr. Bordeaux by a number of the chateaux owners. In any case, this is a first, and it is a wonderful production for near-term consumption. A blend of Chateau Sansonnet primary label juice and what is used for their second label (young vines), the bouquet is well opened and distinctive, with focused fruit components of black cherry, spicy clove-like tones and hints of toasty oak. This carries over into the mouth to an open and upfront wine with soft tannins, excellent balance and viscosity, wonderful complexity, and a finish that is warm and silky. Anderson says that this will be our house red for the next several years.
Drink from 2010 to 2020

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/21/2010  | Send Email
This is the first Bordeaux that we selected for out Kalinda label, which comes from Ch. Sansonnet. I haven't tried this in awhile, and it is showing really well. Lots of cola and cherry on the nose. The mouthfeel has softened a bit, with rich black fruit, cola and a bit of toasty spice in the background. The tannins are more polished but still evident, so it is best with a big steak.

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/2/2010  | Send Email
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An excellent medium to full-bodied Bordeaux with concentrated red and black fruits. Toasty nose with hints of cinamon and cherries. A palate of black cherries and plums with finely structured tannins. A great value bordeaux that is quite drinkable now or it will age gracefully over the next 5-8 years.
Top Value!

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/25/2009  | Send Email
Here is an old school-styled, Right Bank novelty that I honestly think is delicious (and not just because it is a Kalinda wine!) Lots of ripe black currant flavors, good earthy structure, but with a softer and smoother style that should be more open to being enjoyed in its youth. I opened a bottle with my steak dinner the other week and I was very pleased. It's a can't miss bottle of red that drinks at twice its price.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/20/2009  | Send Email
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I loved 2005 Ch. Sansonnet, a fine St-Emilion property, and I was thrilled to be offered their second wine (in France, Lasalle) as a base for our Clos Kalinda, which also has some Sansonnet blended in. The expressive bouquet offers a succession of cherry, cinnamon and fine toasted oak. On the palate, the flavor is at the same time fruity and woody. Supple in the mouth, fine chewy tannins, flavors of black fruit, and a very good finish. Like almost all of the 2005 Bordeaux, this wine should be decanted if you are drinking it now. Wonderful with prime-rib dinner.
Drink from 2009 to 2115

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

Alcohol Content (%): 14