Chateau Olivier (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
This Grand Cru Classé red wine is a delicious full flavored wine with excellent structure. It has a dark ruby/purple color and reveals black cherry, cassis, and spice characteristics. This wine is fleshy, savory, elegant with concentrated tannins, and long on the palate. A judicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot enables them to improve with age.
It is excellent with beef, lamb, grilled veal, game such as pheasant, and poultry such as grilled turkey.
Wine & Spirits - "This is sleekly lean, the pencil-thin pencil lead and currant character of Graves here plumped up by oak aging. The wood influence dominates now, though the fruit should come forward with a few years in the cellar."
Wine Spectator - "Dark in color, with aromas of crushed blackberry, mineral and hints of new wood. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and a slightly hollow midpalate, but clean. Best after 2011. 8,330 cases made."
The Wine Advocate - "A solidly made, very competent effort, Olivier's spicy, monolithic, medium-bodied, dark ruby/purple-colored 2005 reveals black cherry, cassis, and spice characteristics along with a hint of herbaceousness. It should drink well for 10-15 years."
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Chateau Olivier Winery
The Seigniory of Olivier dates back to the 12th century. The Château is surrounded by moats and an immense forest, protecting the most extraordinary site in the Bordeaux wine region.
For years and years, Château Olivier has brought together the present and the past by making wines of great art in an estate that is the stuff of legends... Fashioned by the terroir in which they are rooted, shaped by all those who work the vines, the wines of Château Olivier are a magnificent expression of their appellation among the six Classified Growths of Graves in red and white. Skillfully perpetuating the history of the estate, the wine-growers of Olivier help give the wines they produce the same charm and authenticity as its surrounding walls which are nearly a thousand years old.
Our ambition to develop quality further can be seen first and foremost in the dynamic, technically modern methods we use to enhance the terroir. The recent geological discoveries in the two gravel mounds of Olivier have confirmed the richness and diversity of an outstanding viticultural heritage. 11 different terroirs have been identified, passed down by those who once contributed to the building of the fine reputation of Bordeaux’s great growths. The new vat-house, re-designed to bring the very best out of each of the estate’s plots, house the year’s harvest. It is a perfect balance between ancient architecture and state-of-the-art equipment. View all Chateau Olivier Wines
About Pessac-LeognanView a map of Pessac-Leognan wineries (PEH-sak lay-ohn-yawn)
One of the top appellations within Graves, Pessac-Léognan is home to the only Graves chateau listed as a first growth in the 1855 Médoc classification – Chateau Haut-Brion. In fact, praise for the chateau dates back to the days of Thomas Jefferson, when, upon visiting the chateau in 1787, he bought 125 bottles for his cellar in Virginia.
The majority of wines made here are red, but Pessac-Léognan is also known for producing some of the finest dry white wines of Bordeaux. Many of the top chateau, like Chateau Haut Brion and Chateau Mission Haut Brion, produce top-quality whites alongside their red. Other Chateaux, like Smith Haut Lafite and Carbonnieux, are better known for their distinguished white wines than reds. Both colors of wine from this region have the specific tastes of the gravelly soil where it's grown.
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