2005 l'Avocat Rouge, Graves

SKU #1048830

Ch. L’Avocat is from the small commune of Cerons, which is located just north of Barsac and Sauternes in the southern Graves appellation. I met Nicola Allison at a small conference of Women from Bordeaux and Napa Valley in Napa earlier. She followed my advice by sending her wines to our hotel in April to be tasted and Clyde and I liked them. I followed up by visiting the estate almost 8 weeks later and was shown the gravely, plateau vineyards by her husband Sean who manages the vines. The vineyards were purchased by the Allisons in 2002; the fruit was previously sold to Mouton Rothschild. 300 feet above the Garrone river, the vineyards have stunning views of the lovely Cotes de Bordeaux, this elevation is a key factor for great drainage and the soil is loaded with different color gravel that impart the textbook minerality both their whites and reds feature. The Rouge is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux expert)

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By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/14/2011  | Send Email
This is back in stock and tasting better than ever. Many of you know how a husband and wife team purchased this property in 2002 and started making this wine from fruit that was previously sold to Mouton Rothschild. The quality of the fruit combined with the stunning '05 vintage has made this a best seller from day one. Refined, rich and supple, this has textbook Graves minerality and the mid-palate depth of 2005. This drinks like a $30.00 bottle.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/29/2009  | Send Email
When I tasted the 2004 vintage of this wine I was justifiably impressed, but the 2005, as promised, was a wine of uncommon complexity and balance, well beyond its modest price. Harvested from an historic elevated vineyard (L'Enclos du Avocat) with average vines aging from 7 to 50 years, this red Graves displays lavish cassis fruit and cedar notes backed by a characteristic mineral core and excellent tannins, and can be decanted and enjoyed over the next decade with medallions of beef tenderloin.

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/18/2009  | Send Email
This is one of my favorite Bordeaux that K&L has in the store now. We tasted the L'Avocat recently with other Bordeaux in asimilar price range and the L'Avocat was, for me, the best value. The L'Avocat is full bodied, with nice bright fruit and hints of mineral flavors. It is well balanced and can be enjoyed now, but could also be put down for the next five years.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/18/2009  | Send Email
This wine showed very well at our recent staff tasting. The nose is all currant and herbs - very earthy and Graves-y, with black fruit and soil on the palate, grippy tannins and a dry, mineral-driven finish. Decant and enjoy now or lay away for short-term rewards.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/2/2009  | Send Email
On the nose are lots of red fruits, cedar and herbs. Richer, dark fruit on the palate with an elegant mouthfeel, good acidity and polished tannins followed by a long cedar finish.

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 10/31/2011 
Saturated ruby in the glass. Menthol, herbs, black currant & oak waft from the glass. Astringent tannin & acids are still evident. Some of the oak & currant follow. This will need some air time to resolve. Should be better after trick or treating!

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.