2005 Beaumont, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1036486 Connoisseurs Guide

 *Good Value* Great vintages are supposed to produce great values, and here is the single most priceworthy wine in this Issue. Its aromas are on the tight side at present but do offer glimmers of black cherries, caramel, cedar and dried bark, and its palatal impressions build from there. If still developing in flavors, the wine's suggestions of suppleness to come are nicely aligned with sweet fruit ready to emerge with just a bit of time.  (3/2008)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is an excellent wine from Beaumont, a property sandwiched between the famous appellations of Pauillac and Margaux. Their 2005 has attractive plum, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit dominating the nose along with medium body, soft tannins and a round, juicy mouthfeel. Drinkable now, this wine should continue to offer delicious consumption over the next 4-5 years. (RP)  (6/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Soft and velvety, with blackberry, mineral and light mint character on the nose and palate. Medium- to full-bodied, with a caressing texture. There's lovely balance to this. Best after 2011. (JS)  (3/2008)

K&L Notes

Maybe the single best example of just how great the value side of 2005 Bordeaux really is. Phenomenal wine. We sold out quickly the last three times we go this in, so don't dawdle. K&L's Notes: From the barrel, toasty oak aromas and red fruit flavors. Elegant. Easy drinker. Value? 1/2 * The wine is even better now with some age on it. I love this property for their very fruit forward, silky wines. A delicious wine to enjoy over the next five years. Decant. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer) Three stars San Francisco Chronicle in their review, "Red Bordeaux $50 or Less": "A bright nose of black fruit with hints of smoke and black pepper is uplifted with floral, minty notes. The elegant, lush palate follows through with fruit that is balanced with perfect acidity and velvety tannins. Small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are blended with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Perfect to enjoy now, but has enough stuff to age nicely. Unbelievable value." (3/28/2008)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2010 | Send Email
From the commune of Cussac-Fort Medoc just south of St. Julien comes one of my favorite value wines of the 2005 vintage, even better now with another two years in the bottle. On the nose, notes of cracked pepper and smoke. On the palate, lively acidity, juicy black currant fruit, and firm tannins. A serious wine even at this price, it will throw a little sediment. Decant for one hour and enjoy. Will continue to improve, drink over the next 3 to 5 years.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2009 | Send Email
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Made by our friends at Beychevelle. K&L's Barrel Tasting notes - Toasty oak aromas and red fruit flavors. Elegant. Easy drinker. Great Value Don't miss this!
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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 M├ędoc 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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