2005 Verdignan, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1053652 90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dark in color, with lots of blackberry, mineral, licorice and a hint of toasty oak. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Balanced and generous, with lots of fruit underneath. (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2008)


Outer quote mark Lifted cassis and hedgerow fruits. Harmonious balance between ripe, dark fruit, integrated oak, and chewy tannins. Attractive. Inner quote mark (6/2008)

Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A consistently well-made cru bourgeois, this wine exhibits a deep ruby color and a nice, earthy nose with hints of burning embers intermixed with black fruits, herbs, and spice. The wine displays moderate tannin, medium body, good length and ripeness. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (8/2008)

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
I love this claret! Plenty of savory dark red fruit, mocha and licorice with earthy elements of graphite, forest floor and mushrooms. 2005 was not a shy vintage, nor are the flavors in this wine. The tannins and acid are right where they need to be, I’d take advantage of the sub-$20 price tag and enjoy this tonight!​

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2013 | Send Email
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Medium deep ruby in color, this wonderful Cru Bourgeois from a truly great vintage offers tons of complex flavors and opulent aromatics. Cassis, currants, and antiqueish ceder-like tones abound in the nose and across its viscous palate impression, with violets and truffles to forest floor notes, integrated tannins, excellent acid structure, and a finish that refuses to give up. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for the next three to five years. Great value for a wine with some age. 13% ABV.
Drink from 2013 to 2020

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2012 | Send Email
This is my affordable steak wine. Now, while I am not a high roller. If I am going to spend money on a great NY strip. The wine hold's up it's end of the bargain. Great acid and silky tannins. Matches perfectly with the steak.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2012 | Send Email
Here you have an over achieving Chateau coupled with the outstanding 2005 Bordeaux vintage resulting in amazing value. This is dark in color and deep in fruit with hints of earth, savory herb, spice and a touch of smoke. The wine is quite full bodied with a meaty texture and ripe, silky tannin. Decant now or age another 5 years.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/17/2011 | Send Email
Great example of the fantastic 2005 vintage. The Verdignan it is showing those classic notes of black currants, cedar, touch of cigar box and even some floral notes. Old school yet approachable. It needs a bit of debating to bring its magic out. Very good value and very good wine.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2011 | Send Email
Newly arrived and purchased directly from the chateau. We currently have several vintages of this moderately priced Haut Medoc in stock. This 2005 is one of my favorites. The nose has some lovely floral and spice notes, and a little bit of old school Bordeaux funk no doubt originating from some of the older barrels in the cellar. When first opened some of that character is evident on the palate but quickly dissipates. An hour or so in the decanter brings out the characteristic ’05 fruit – dark, rich and ripe with classic black currant and cassis notes. Great structure here with good acidity and tannins that are initially quite firm. Drinkable now but ought to even better with another 3 to 5 years in the cellar.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2011 | Send Email
This wine is a great cellar candidate with its mineral, licorice and toasty oak aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a lingering finish. Very well balanced and generous with lots of fruit underneath. Must decant an hour if you want to drink it now.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2011 | Send Email
A strong and complex wine with very deep, blood red fruit. Spicy wit hints of earth and heavily toasted oak. This is a masculine style of wine that could use a few more years to soften up.

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2010 | Send Email
So the wines from Verdignan have become popular with customers for price to quality. The 2005 is a bit tight so needs some decanting. Dark fruit on the nose and palate is surrounded by toasty oak aromas. Decant and have with dinner or cellar for a few more years.

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