Range: 87-90 Points"
Clos Puy Arnaud 2005
Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
Blend: 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Since 2010 : The vineyard viticulture is both organic (AB Label) and biodynamic (Biodyvin Label).
International Wine Cellar - "Good ruby-red. Ripe aromas of black cherry, raspberry and licorice, lifted by a note of violet. Juicy and bright, with lovely cut to the black fruit and violet flavors. Finishes with firm but fine tannins. Offers unusual purity and finesse for a Cotes de Castillon wine.
The Wine Advocate - "Although the 2005 Clos Puy Arnaud may not be as brilliant as the 2001, it is still a terrific wine. Revealing plenty of crushed rock/mineral characteristics along with hints of black cherries, intense fruit, and a beautiful mouthfeel, this dense ruby/purple-tinged effort should drink well for 7-8 years. 88+"
Clos Puy Arnaud Winery
Winemaker Thierry Valette belongs to a generations’ old winemaking family which harvested grapes to vinify them in Algeria, Chile, the Loire valley, the Languedoc region and also in Bordeaux. In producing an honest and personalized wine (that is to say that could not be produced elsewhere), it remains possible that the current globalization of wine may also be the doyen of culture, singularity and humanity.
As a winemaker, the product requires that we often go beyond our limits in order to capture the energy of a particular space so as to release its flavors and aromas. This is what is done at Puy Arnaud. In addition to the capturing of the terroir, Valette took the path of biodynamic winemaking which, continually enriched, is the finest and most precise agricultural method to express a specific terroir. View all Clos Puy Arnaud Wines
About Cotes de CastillonView a map of Cotes de Castillon wineries (coat duh cass-TEE-yawn) St-Émilion and south of Fronsac. The region is Merlot-based like its surrounding neighbors and produces great value wines. Wines of Castillon may not have the depth and elegance of a Pomerol, but they are delicious & affordable, allowing consumers to enjoy the right-bank of Bordeaux and a friendly price. These wines also have the additional benefit of being approachable when young, though some producers are creating wines that will age well and improve with a few years in the bottle.
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.