Chateau Berliquet 2005
Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
The harmony on the palate reveals a class of its soil and the wine has great aging potential.
Wine Enthusiast - "Large-scale renovations to the vineyard and the advice of Patrick Valette as consultant have paid great dividends at this ancient vineyard. The wine is ripely opulent but balanced, with new wood that supports rather than dominates, and a structure that promises long aging.
Barrel Sample: 90-92 Points"
International Wine Cellar - "Full ruby-red. Perfumed, pure aromas of blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate. Suave on entry, then pure, scented and light on its feet. Not at all a big boy in the context of the year, but this boasts lovely blackberry and floral intensity and striking minerality. Finishes firmly tannic and lively, with good licorice lift. This is better than I originally rated it, but still quite tightly wound. The '06 seems softer and drier by comparison.
Barrel Sample: 89-91 Points"
The Wine Advocate - "Resiny characteristics combined with notions of black cherries, cassis, herbs, and new oak emerge from this deep ruby/purple-colored 2005. Medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic, and impeccably well-made, consumption during its first 10-15 years of life is recommended.
Barrel Sample: 88-90 Points"
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Complexing elements of graphite, dusty earth and olives bring added notes of interest to the moderately rich aromas of well-ripened cherries that are the central theme of this comparatively refined claret, and that sense of refinement holds throughout despite the wine's slightly grippy last-minute tannins. While there are aspects about it that are easy to like now, the wine is still in its infancy and needs five to eight years of age."
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Chateau Berliquet Winery
The name of Berliquet is one of the oldest Saint-Emilion vineyards, it is already on the cards Belleyme in 1768.
In 1829, Paguierre Berliquet been included among the 5 great wines of appellation.
The classification of 1986 allowed Berliquet to regain the place it held among the great wines of St. Emilion. The year 1996 marks a turning point for Berliquet. With the support of Patrick Valette, Patrick De Lesquen and his team do their utmost to establish the reputation of Berliquet. View all Chateau Berliquet Wines
About St-EmilionView a map of St-Emilion wineries (saint eh-meel-YOHN)
A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux of the area (and the only Premier Grand Cru Classé A) are Chateau Ausone and Chateau Cheval Blanc.
St.-Émilion produces the most wine on the right bank of Bordeaux. As most of its wine is based primarily on Merlot, St-Emilion wines are described as having finesse and elegance. The best wine of the region can last upward of 10-20 years, like a good left-banker, but many find that the wines here matuer earlier than those based on Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils in the area differ greatly, from gravel to limestone to clay and sand. As a result, the wines of this region are diverse. Quality wines display silky tannins and ripe, soft fruit – the higher quality wine showing full-bodied texture and layers of complexity.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.