2005 Chantegrive, Graves

SKU #1036385 Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This over-performing property has come though once again with a lovely 2005 that is slightly denser, richer and darker than usual, but very well-made, with charcoal, tobacco leaf, spice box, and black and red currants. It is medium-bodied but rich, with some light tannin to resolve. Drink it over the next decade. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A fresh, grassy, herbal wine, with great crisp acidity and intense Sauvignon Blanc flavors. It floats acidity and green flavors along with full, rich fruit. The Chantegrive estate is one of the most important in the southern Graves, an example of what can be done in the region, given investment. Screwcap. (RV) Inner quote mark (11/2007)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Aromas of plum and toasted oak, with a hint of mineral. Full-bodied, with lovely, silky, polished tannins. Long and caressing. Best after 2010. (JS, Web-2008) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

The lovely, garnet-colored 2005 Château de Chantegrive is an even blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from Podensac. Delightfully complex without being overripe, the wine shows black fruit and light toast, supported by subtle tannins. How could you NOT like this wine? Plenty of mineral flavors and aromas. Rated a super value by Clyde. Open and drink!

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2013 | Send Email
There are still a few great deals from 2005 left! This is one of them. The lovely fruit of the vintage is present on the nose and the first sip -- soft red berries and a lovely accent of spice. The earth of the Graves comes through on the back end with a kick of minerality from that gravely soil. It should be more expensive.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2009 | Send Email
Soft and elegant wine with mineral undertones-a 2005 wine you can enjoy now with decanting-delicious.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2008 | Send Email
Gravelly, earthy and rocky aromas rise from this ripe and fresh wine. This is complex, smooth and supple with plenty of sweet, black fruit and a long, toasty finish where the fine tannins kick in. This is balanced, ripe and absolutely lovely for drinking now, though it would be a shame not to cellar some.

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