Saturday, February 7, 2009

2005 Château Tour de Gilet

This wine was part two in the tasting today, and yet one of the best under $20 Bordeaux I have ever tasted. Sure, we have had lots in the $10-$15 range, but none of them have the fruit that this one seemed to have. Nice earthy nose, with some red fruits. With this wine being 60% petite verdot, with the rest rounded out by cabernet sauvignon and merlot, I figured there would be more fruit on the nose, but it had also only been decanted for 2 hours. Slight hints of cigar box, leather, red fruits, spice, and pepper round out the nose. On the palate, the red fruits shined through with lots of blueberry, cherry, and cassis. This is a good example of why 2005 was such a great year or Bordeaux, and this one from Medoc is shining. The finish is very young, and again, this wine will benefit from more time in the bottle. At this price however, I think it will be hard to stay away from these, so I can see picking up some more, and keeping a few to age. 2 purchased at $17, but I see many more in our future! Leave it to CoolVines for another great wine at their tasting today! Cheers!

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