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  • 2005 Château Puygueraud - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Côtes de Francs (8/10/2008)
    popped and poured a glass, then splash decanted half of the bottle. Set the other half aside for tomorrow. initial nose was of dark cherries and a hint of dusty earth. Dark inky wine in the glass. First taste - dark cherry and berry fruits that were almost immediately hidden by the tannins. The tannins were strong - not strong enough to hide the fruit - but way more than I like in my wine - it was similar to biting into an unripe persimmon. The wine was very tight until it had spent an hour in the decanter. As the tannins mellowed - the wine opened up and the dark cherry fruit and dark berry flavors came back out. Layered on top of the fruit was a very slight dusty earthyness. By hour two in the decanter, the tannins had softened enough that I was not having to "read" what was underneath the tannin. This wine has all the right elements. I'll update for day two after tomorrow. I gave the wine 91 pts based on where it was when I had my last glass (it started much lower because of the heavy tanins) - it will probably add another point or two with a few years of bottle age. This is a steal at $30. (91 pts.)

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before anyone chimes in on the QPR of the wine and relates how they used to split a bottle of this wine with Honus Wagner and it only cost a nickel - Try the wine. I think it is better than many $50 bordeauxs and I think its a steal at $30.
 
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Thanks for the note. I like Puygueraud's house style and will most likely pick some up when it eventually hits the shelves here. It will probably be the only 2005 Bordeaux I buy.
 
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Thanks for the note thirsty man. I bought half case at $14.99 right before the score was released. I am glad I did. I have not had any yet, but I am tempted to open one when they arrive in the fall. Sounds awesome.
 
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I bought 6 bottles just after the score came out as futures for $22Cad. It is one of those bordeaux 2005s that I will open up first.

But thanks for the note, thirsty man.


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Looks good enough for me..going to head to my neighborhood place and pick up at least a three pack..
 
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Mike - I suggest you buy one bottle at a time. I buy one every year because I'm always hoping to love it. To each his own.


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DAY TWO

same color, more heat on the nose than yesterday. Tannins are still present - but not nearly as strong as yesterday. The dusty earthyness taste is a little more prominent and the dark cherry/dark berry flavors are a little more tart. That said - still a very good bottle of wine for the money - just too young. Give it time because of the tannins - I'll be opening another one NEXT winter to see where it is.


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Thirstyman,

Thank you so much for the notes, I usually find second day notes as valuable as first day ones. Although, unless you buy a BUNCH, maybe hold off a bit longer than 18 months to pop another? I'm hoping to hold off for another four or five years before I try another (first one was corked).

Also, you might try the Petit Bocq, if it's available locally. It's an even less auspicious cheapie that is a QPR winner.

Again, thanks,


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I thought it was a good value for the $15/bottle I spent. Can't say I would spend twice that for it given all the '05 petit chateaus out there, but as long as you're happy with it for 2x, I'm glad for ya!
 
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I thought it was a good value for the $15/bottle I spent. Can't say I would spend twice that for it given all the '05 petit chateaus out there, but as long as you're happy with it for 2x, I'm glad for ya!


Thanks JimBrennan - I would be interested in hearing which of the 05 petit chateaus you believe to be equal or better at a lesser price. I am not being sarcastic - I am serious. thanks in advance

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Its pretty tight right now. If you don't have a nice stockpile better hold off drinking it. In a few years it'll be a great little wine.
 
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Offhand, ones I liked that can be found pretty easily include: de Fonbel, Saintayme, Faizeau, Bernadotte, and Beaumont.

Of course, tastes are an individual thing, so your milage may vary.
 
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2005 Château Puygueraud - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Côtes de Francs (9/13/2008)
WIML91?

Tasted September 13, 2008 at an offline.

Opened and decanted about 4 hours before double decanting back into the bottle and serving a little over an hour later. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of currants and plums. Flavors of berries and plums. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full body. Hold. (91 pts.)


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2005 Château Puygueraud - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Côtes de Francs (9/13/2008)
WIML91?

Tasted September 13, 2008 at an offline.

Opened and decanted about 4 hours before double decanting back into the bottle and serving a little over an hour later. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of currants and plums. Flavors of berries and plums. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full body. Hold. (91 pts.)


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Can anyone tell me what the varietal %'s are with this wine?

I've got a sixer coming...
 
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Can anyone tell me what the varietal %'s are with this wine?

I've got a sixer coming...


Most years, 35% Cabernet Franc, 35% Malbec, 20%Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
 
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Thanks W+A. The top-heaviness of cab franc and malbec is a bit surprising to me. Is that normal for this bordeaux appellation's other wines?
 
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Whatever its made up of, it is mighty satisfying. Reminds me of a complex aussie shiraz that is thrice the price. Sure hope that LCBO gets some more of this and does not mark the price up too much over the futures price.


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Reminds me of a complex aussie shiraz that is thrice the price.


Eek Say what? I haven't opened a 2005 yet, but that is not how I would typically describe a Puygueraud.
 
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March WS 2005 Bordeaux issue states 70%Merlot, 25% cab franc, 5% malbec.
 
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Steve8 - each to their own. We all have different palates and different reference points.
 
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Originally posted by WineTrooper:
March WS 2005 Bordeaux issue states 70%Merlot, 25% cab franc, 5% malbec.


Interesting...I went to a Thienpont tasting of these wines and the Vieux Certan when the '98's were released. (2000?) The vineyard and blend was as I listed above, but I'm sure WS is right.
 
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Most years, 35% Cabernet Franc, 35% Malbec, 20%Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Would that particular blend be typical of North bank or South bank Bordeaux? Razz


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W+A, no worries you may be correct. I am just curious if Cotes de Francs estates tended to go heavy on the Cab Franc/Malbec.
 
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