2015 D'Archambeau, Graves

SKU #1304517 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 d'Archambeau has a strong graphite, pencil box scent on the nose - very Graves in style, almost austere in the context of the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannin, gritty in the mouth with earthy, saline notes on the finish. It's a "grumpy" Graves...but I kind of like it. (NM)  (4/2016)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2017 | Send Email
Chateau d’Archambeau is an estate of 20 hectares which lie at the southern end of the Graves region between Barsac and Cérons. Owned by the Dubourdieu family for several generations, it has been under the direction of Jean-Philippe Dubourdieu since 1975. The 2015 d’Archambeau displays all of the ripeness of this very successful vintage. Big and round with sweet red and black fruits, lively acidity and fine tannins. The blend is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. While the majority of the 2015’s won’t be released until next year, this is the perfect opportunity to preview this remarkable vintage.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2017 | Send Email
Perfect example of a wine that tastes more expensive than it actually is. I certainly would not guess its less-than-$14 price tag on a blind taste. Appealing notes of coffee, pencil lead and cassis - clasic!

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2017 | Send Email
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Great vintages, as with 2015, in Bordeaux will give you a plethora of excellent quality wines, both red and white, across the gamut that you can buy to age {and spend a great deal of money for in some cases} and to also drink near-term, which tend to be from the chateaux from the lesser growths and cru bourgeouis from all the various regions of this infamous area. This production surprised the hell out of me with its superb quality, particularly when you view the price point. It definitely reminds me of a drinkable Chateau Carbonnieux from that area, but without the need for a lot of aging. Medium-deep to deep ruby in color, the nose is pronounced and focused offering lush, yet classic Graves-like minerality of filings and gravelly notes with an opulent presentation of cassis, blackberry to blueberry fruit. In the mouth, it is round, rich, integrated, well-structured, and full of character, all of which leads to a soft, elegant finish. An amazing wine for the money and probably the best that this chateau has ever made. Rusty has asked me to bring home several cases of this Gem for our near-term consumption for the next three to five years. A DELICIOUS, WELL PRICED VALUE! …..A K&L WINE MERCHANTS’ DIRECT IMPORT….. ***** 13.5% ABV *****
Drink from 2017 to 2022

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2017 | Send Email
2015 is a Bordeaux vintage where the quality goes right down to the most modestly priced wines. This little beauty is dark, rich, juicy and surprisingly gravely for such an affordable bottle. Easy to drink and very food friendly.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
Inexpensive Bordeaux can get risky, but not this one! Merlot dominant with a lot of fruit and tang, this wine is fantastic in flavor and price to be your weeknight Bordeaux.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2017 | Send Email
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$12.99 are you kidding for jhis lovely 2015. Extremely fruity aromas mixed with some minerals. Very juicy wine-great mid palate texture- Decant and serve with a pork chop medium rare.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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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.