2004 Mille Roses, Haut-Médoc

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According to Robert Parker: "Another well-made offering from the southern Medoc (in the area of Macau), this dark ruby/purple-tinged, medium-bodied 2004 is an equal blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Excellent aromas of dried herbs, sweet cherries, currants, and cranberries, and loamy soil marry nicely with the wine's excellent texture and overall symmetry. Consume it over the next 4-5 years." (06/07) The Mille Roses property is in Macau, just a stone's throw from the Margaux appellation and the famed Château Giscours. The name means "1,000 roses," an homage to Faure's mother, who used to cultivate a wide variety of roses in the château gardens. The 12.4-acre organic vineyard is planted with 25- and 30-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Merlot (40%) vines. Production is about 2,500 cases.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/24/2010  | Send Email
From the southern area of the Haut-Medoc, near the village of Macau, and near Chateau Margaux and Giscours, is Chateau Mille Roses, Haut Medoc ($11.99), a wine that needs to be classified other than a Cru Bourgeouis. This is a lovely near-term drinker, with a medium-deep ruby color and bouquet of currants and blackberries, with undertones of dusty minerals and a mild cedary tone. This equal blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon has perfect balance, integrated silky tannins, good depth and complexity, a long, juicy finish, and is ready to drink now. Anderson has pointed out that this will be one of our other house reds for the month... a thousand roses rating... 13% abv (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2010 to 2015

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/11/2010  | Send Email
I can almost hear the reactions to seeing this wine listed: "2004 wasn't a good vintage;" "I've never heard of this château;" or, my favorite, "Bordeaux at this price can't be good." To all of that I say, give this wine a try and I am sure you will like it. The 2004 Mille Roses is an elegant, lighter-style Bordeaux that will go well with dinner or drink fine on its own to wrap up a Tuesday. The nose is all cedar and currant. The palate is polished with lots of black fruit, a bit of toasty oak and cedar. The tannins and finish are still a bit astringent. At this price this wine would also make for a great dinner party wine.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/12/2010  | Send Email
This very refreshing, light- to medium-bodied Bordeaux is framed by oak, but not at all dominated by it. The cool curranty fruit is the best feature of this wine, and it is a fine alternative to the blockbuster style that many of us have become tired of. This wine would go very, very well with a steak or richer poultry dish. I am going to buy some for my own cellar today!
Top Value! Drink from 2010 to 2014

 By: Cynthia Almonte |  Review Date: 1/31/2010 
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Sometimes you just want a nice glass of wine. You don't want to invest hundreds of dollars, years of developing your palate to detect the differences between Slovakian and French Oak. You don't want your wine to require a PhD. You just want glass of Bordeaux. This is your wine. Popped and poured (cork broke, usually a bad sign), I was ready to be disappointed, but I'm thrilled. Medium bodied, not overly oaked or too alcoholic. Nice berry nose, good on the palate. Better at the end of the meal than the start, this wine blooms with air. Excellent value, this is the kind of wine you mean when you say 'I had a really nice glass of wine with dinner tonight'.

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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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