Chateau de Reignac Balthus 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France

$50.00 $39.99
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Item No. 126037
  • red wine
  • RP93
  • WS91
  • ST91
Style: Big & Bold

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.

Critical Acclaim

"Given traditional Burgundian-like treatments of malolactic in barrel and aging on its lees, the 2005 Balthus is an opaque purple-hued blockbuster offering up a sweet perfume of blueberry liqueur interwoven with notes of incense, camphor, spring flowers, and crushed rocks. Dense and full-bodied with stunning concentration, in a blind tasting it could easily beat out many classified growths. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.

Along with consultant Michel Rolland, Yves Vatelot, who has done such a sensational job at Reignac, as well as consulting at Margaux’s Chateau Lascombes, produces this luxury cuvee. Made from extremely low yields of 15 hectoliters per hectare, from a 7.5-acre vineyard with 39-year old vines, this 100% Merlot is the finest example of Balthus yet made."
93 Points

"A dense, full-bodied red, with lots of smoky oak coloring the black currant and notes of passion fruit, kumquat and violet. Long and flavorful, with a backbone of velvety tannins. A little brutish just now, but it's all there. Best after 2011. 500 cases made."
91 Points

"Ripe, pure aromas of black fruits, violet, espresso, mocha and licorice. Rich, chewy and superconcentrated, with noteworthy precision to the plump flavors of black cherry, cassis, violet and dark chocolate. This appears to have the sheer strength of mid-palate material to support its substantial ripe tannins. Finishes long and strong. Impressive juice. This is an all-merlot cuvee made by Yves Vatelot, owner of Reignac, and the best young vintage of this wine I have tasted to date. "
91 Points

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JeanneMWeit - Marina Del Rey, CA (read all my reviews)

This is the best wine I have ever drink
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WIll D - Biloxi, MS (read all my reviews)

2 hours of air needed at minimum but absolutely delish for the money.
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Mad Max - Virginia Beach, VA (read all my reviews)

Style: Earth & Spicy
Real peppery. Not my bag. Others may enjoy.
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Learn About Chateau de Reignac

Chateau de Reignac sits atop the highest point in the parish of Saint Loubes, overlooking a 135-hectare clay and gravel rise that includes a single 80-hectare block of vines. The original chateau was built by Seigneur Baude de Peyron in the 16th century. It was remodeled in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the late 1800s, a central courtyard was added that features his...

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A few extra appellations: Bourg & Blaye These two appellations are just across the Gironde river from the Haut-Medoc - a bit northwest of St-Émilion and its satellites. Bourg is the smaller appellation, nestled under the much bigger Blaye. Both have AC status, Cotes de Bourg AC and Cotes de Blaye AC. One step up on the AOC chain is the Premieres Cotes de Blaye AC, producing...

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Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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