Chateau de Reignac Bordeaux Superieur 2005
Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
Reignac's gentle slopes and gravely soils facilitate natural drainage. The gravel reflects and stores the sun's heat which promotes early
ripening of the estate's grapes. Great terroir is the key to the wines of Reignac. It is this splendid terroir, recommended by Michel
Rolland that gives Reignac its edge.
"There's a good smoky prune note on the nose, with lots of floral and mineral nuances. Has loads of fruit on the palate, with an interesting fresh tangerine note that comes through. Full-bodied and supersilky, with a long finish. Best after 2012."
"Another top-notch effort from the home property of the brilliant Yves Vatelot, Reignac’s 2005 has a dense ruby/purple color and notes of graphite, black currant, some sweet cherries, and spice box. It is a medium to full-bodied wine with beautiful concentration, decent acidity, and ripe tannin. Despite its humble appellation, this is a very serious wine that is qualitatively up there with some of the better classified growths of the Medoc. It should drink beautifully for 8-10 years. A sleeper of the vintage!
The Wine Advocate
I love this wine
Wow. My mouth has NEVER wrinkled so much as when I tasted this wine. I can't believe how tannic this was. I can't even describe it. WS says to hold on to the 2005's. I should have held on to it. I am not touching my other 2005's for quite some time. Hey, it was ok though.
Smooth & Supple
The 2005 was excellent, but has bottle variation. The first one we had had borderline brown tinges---a sure sign it had reached its peak and was close to sliding downhill----but the second had more life left in it, and was very good indeed. For the value, this is a wine to buy, but only for drinking over the next year, and only if you have a good refigerated container or cool baseement for storage.
I felt it had strong underpinnings and showed promise but it was definitely too young to drink. Several hours in the decanter and it still tasted raw.
Highly rated by Parker but I don't know why. This wine improved after being decanted but overall if this is what 93 ratings taste like we need to re-boot the system.
I guess I was expecting more based on the rating. I suppose it was a little softer than I like my Bordeaux.
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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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