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More Out-of-this-World, Under the Radar '05 Bordeaux - 09/18/2009 - Red Bordeaux

Bordeaux fans join with me in saying: "Thank you Clyde!" K&L's co-owner and Bordeaux buyer has lined up another batch of exceptional, highly-rated, under the radar 2005 Bordeaux. Make room in your cellar! Please note - These wine are not currently in stock. They are scheduled to be in stores for shipping or pick up at the end of September.

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2005 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien - 0 available ($54.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberry, blackberry, mineral and licorice follow through to a full-bodied palate. This is chewy yet silky, with a long, long finish. Balanced and powerful. (JS)" (03/2008)

92 points James Suckling: "Musty and mushroomy, with red fruit chasers on the nose and palate. Round and fruity, but still needs three years." (05/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The superb second wine, the 2005 Clos du Marquis, reflects the utter brilliance of the 2005 grand vin. It boasts an inky/ruby/purple color along with a sweet perfume of lead pencil, ripe cherries and black currants, and hints of earth and vanillin. Dense, chewy, fleshy, and full-bodied, this beauty will be drinkable in 3-4 years, and should keep for 15-20. (RP)" (04/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red-ruby. Superripe aromas of plum, mocha, coffee and spicy oak. Big, dry, broad and rich, with a chewy quality and noteworthy sweetness to the plummy flavor. This has more baby fat than the young 2006 but not quite as much detail or verve. Finishes quite broad, with major ripe tannins and lingering sweet fruit. (ST)" (05/2008)

K&L Notes: This wine and the vineyard it comes from were once part of Château Léoville Las-Cases. The growing reputation of the wine led owner Jean-Hubert Delon to position Clos du Marquis as a separate estate. 93 points Neal Martin: "The Clos du Marquis 2005 is evolving into a little beauty. It has an opulent, downright sexy bouquet with macerated dark cherries, briary, mint interlaced with candied orange peel that is beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with sturdy tannin cloaked in spicy red fruit, hints of red peppercorns and graphite infusing the finish that fans out gloriously. Yet everything remains tightly controlled thanks to the tight rein on acidity. Cannot afford Léoville Las-Cases? Then you know where to come." (02/2015)

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 18, 2010

The 2005 Clos du Marquis is a beautiful and elegant Bordeaux that offers a lot of pleasure for the price. It is full-bodied, with nice dark fruit flavors that are balanced by undertones of minerals and just the right amount of acidity. One could drink it now, but the 2005 Clos du Marquis will drink better with a few more years of bottle age.

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2005 Monbousquet, St-Emilion ($69.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A beautiful effort from Monbousquet, this 2005 comes across to me as one of their strongest efforts, with notes of toasty oak, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit as well as some licorice, incense and flowers. Full-bodied and opulent, this is an amazing wine from a terroir on the so-called wrong side of St.-Emilion. Drink it over the next 15 or more years. It is an amazing performance. (RP)" (06/2015)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, smoked meat, mocha and licorice. Wonderfully sweet, dense and fat but with excellent vinosity and inner-mouth perfume to the flavors of berries, mocha and licorice. A compellingly tactile vintage for Monbousquet, with the substantial but sweet tannins buffered by the wine's chewy mid-palate material...Really transcends its less-than-ideal terroir in Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens. (ST)" (06/2008)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Shows beautiful aromas of crushed blackberry, currant and sultana. Full-bodied, with superfine tannins and a long, caressing finish. Balanced and beautiful. (JS)" (06/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Blackish ruby. Very light nose. Round and sweet. Easy peasy. Not for a long life and with a hint of alcohol on the end, but already a fairly charming drink. Drink 2012-2022. (JR)" (03/2017)

2005 St. Pierre, St-Julien - 0 available ($79.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Smart consumers should be checking out this estate whose wines have been superb over recent vintages. Under the same ownership as Gloria, it is a classic St.-Julien with sensational concentration and intensity, but more powerful, thick, and muscular than wines such as Ducru Beaucaillou or Beychevelle. The 2005 possesses the vintages structured, tannic mouthfeel as well as enormous concentration and massive extract. It exhibits plenty of earthy creme de cassis intermixed with notes of forest floor, licorice, and roasted meats. Backward with huge tannin, full body, and the potential for 3-4 decades of aging, this superb St.-Julien will get even better over the next 10-15 years. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040." (04/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A very beautiful red, with blackberry, licorice and currant on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of smoke, berry, coffee and dark chocolate flavors on the finish. The best wine from this producer in ages. Best after 2014." (03/2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good red-ruby color. Superripe aromas of plum, mocha and graphite. Silky-sweet, deep and broad, with terrific concentration of currant and licorice flavors complicated by leather, herbs and pepper. Finishes with thoroughly ripe, broad tannins and noteworthy length and power. Costanzo says this wine needs another six months in bottle to gain in nuance." (06/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark and with some development. Fireworks intensity on the nose -- very dramatic. Very complete. Lovely opulence but not sweet. Very long, too. Really vibrates on the palate. Doesnt last quite as long as I thought it might... I, and one other taster, were seduced by this one! 17.5/20 points." (07/2009)

2005 Grand Puy Lacoste Pauilliac - 0 available ($84.99)

97 points James Suckling: "A fabulous GPL. Perhaps better than the legendary 1982? It shows laser-guide precision on the palate with aromas of currants, cedar, mint, flowers and chocolate. Full-bodied and extremely finely textured on the palate, lasting for minutes. A joy to drink now. Get some." (11/2015)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Very ripe aromas of plum and musky brown spices; redder in character and less precise than the 2006. Then big, sweet and plump on the palate, with full, mellow flavors of red berries, tobacco and mocha, plus a light smoked meat note. Finishes with sweet tannins and lingering, fully ripe fruit. This is showing its lush side today and is hiding its underlying structure. (ST)" (06/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Has subtle blackberry, licorice and currant on the nose, with hints of mint. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a very pretty texture. Caresses everything. Refined and balanced. A beautiful wine that's hard to keep your hands off now. (JS)" (03/2008)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pure crème de cassis, licorice and spice are all present in this wine from Xavier Borie. Medium to full-bodied and ripe, with sweet tannin and a nicely textured mouthfeel, this is a beauty that should continue to drink well for another 15 or so years. (RP)" (06/2015)

K&L Notes: 97 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2005 has a brilliant, classic pencil-lead nose that is Pauillac through and through. There is no messin’ about here. The palate is very well defined with wonderful acidity, great depth of black fruit with an astonishingly precise finish that just takes your breath away. Is it the best 2005 of the vintage? Not quite, but it belongs in the top tier. And factor in value for money, I would be happy sitting on a big pile of this in my cellar to drink over the rest of my lifetime and the afterlife if that exists too." (2/2015, eRobertParker.com)

We still have a good selection of 2005 Bordeaux at KLWines.com