2005 La Couronne, Montagne St-Emilion

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I voted this wine as one of the top 100 Bordeaux values at a tasting in New York in 2008. Plenty of vibrance and richness and structure for the cellar. Blackberries abound here.

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By: Jason Marwedel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/20/2010  | Send Email
Located northeast of Saint-Émilion, the appellation of Montagne Saint-Émilion typically offers similar styled wines at extremely affordable prices. The 2005 La Couronne is no exception! As many wines of the region, the La Couronne is colored by concentrated dark berry fruit and possesses the signature rich merlot mouth feel. From the spectacular 2005 vintage, this wine is showing well now, but has the structure and acidity to evolve over the next few years.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/17/2010  | Send Email
This fantastic wine from the great 2005 vintage was voted one of the top 100 Bordeaux values at a New York tasting held in 2008. Since then it seems to have gotten even better. Long, rich, structured and vibrant, this has oodles of blackberry fruit and a very elegant limestone laced finish. This has the balance to age but is delicious now.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/20/2010  | Send Email
If you are looking for a Bordeaux from the acclaimed 2005 vintage that is priced for everyday drinking but offers rewards for near-term cellaring, here's your buy. A core of concentrated black fruit is framed by firm, juicy, sweet tannins and acidity that have mellowed a little with the few years in bottle. This wine has a lovely bouquet and a smooth, velvety mouthfeel; it will pair with a broad range of foods, from rotisserie chicken to grilled veggies to and pasta with tomato sauce. As the wine softens, more earthy and leathery flavors will come forth. Enjoy!

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/23/2010  | Send Email
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An extremely interesting Bordeaux that has both the potential for cellaring and also hold imeediate appeal for drinking. Lots of dark fruits here. Blackberries, black plums and a hint of anise. Nicely structured, with medium tannins, A super buy!
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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:

Saint Emilion