2005 Chateau Cambon la Pelouse 3.0 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Haut-Medoc
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 85
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 88-89
Jeff Leve: 89
Red Wine
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Price :
$139.95

"Offers tea and fresh mushroom, with ripe fruit on the nose. Medium-bodied, with medium tannins and a delicate finish. Best after 2008. 18,330 cases made." (WS)

"A big-time sleeper of the vintage, this huge property, sandwiched between Cantemerle and Giscours, has released a blend of 50% Merlot and the rest primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. There are 17,500 cases of the 2005, undoubtedly the finest wine ever made at this estate. It possesses a dark ruby/purple hue as well as an exotic, flamboyant, fruity bouquet of black cherries, wood smoke, tobacco, and spice. Lush, round, and opulent, it is ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years." (WA)

"Sexy aromas of raspberry liqueur, coffee and smoke, plus a tarry nuance. Rich, broad and dense, in an extractive modern style. This boasts an almost liqueur-like ripeness, and more volume than the '06, but is it as intense?" (VM)

"Charming, reasonablyl priced and already drinking well, the medium bodied, open wine, offers licorice, oak, black cherry, earth, cassis and round textures. 89 points - Tasted Nov 13, 2012" (JL)

ENCHANTING, READY TO ENJOY VERY GOOD ’05 HAUT-MEDOC BDX. 2005 CHATEAU CAMBON LA PELOUSE, Haut-Medoc

Though I have driven passed the Chateau, this is the first time I have tried their wine. This is a softer, velvety style Haut-Medoc akin to a fine Margaux. There’s lots of Cabernet character, but the velvet softness one associates with Merlot is evident. The Chateau changed owner in 1996 and I understand there vineyard improvements are beginning to take hold except for adding that the wine has a noticeable tastes and aromas of anise and currents, I agree with Robert Parker when he rated the wine an 89 and said. “A big-time sleeper of the vintage, the 2005 Cambon La Pelouse possesses a dark ruby/purple hue as well as an exotic, flamboyant, fruity bouquet of black cherries, wood smoke, tobacco, and spice. Lush, round, and opu¬lent, it is ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years. This huge property (around 150 acres), is sandwiched between Cantemerle and Giscours, has released a blend of 50% Merlot and the rest primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. There are 17,500 cases of the 2005, undoubtedly the finest wine ever made at this estate.”

RATING: 90/91

PRICE $19.95

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

ONE OF THE BEST BUYS AROUND FOR A ’05 BDX. UNDER $25.00

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