"Dark in color, with black licorice, currant and blackberry aromas that follow through to a full body, with beautiful ripe berry character and round, velvety tannins. There's wonderful balance to this wine. Best after 2012. 3,210 cases made. -JS" (WS)
"An excellent wine from Bernard Magrez and his brilliant back-up oenologist Michel Rolland, the 2005 Les Grands Chênes is a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine displays loads of supple tannin and notes of blackcurrants, coffee and forest floor. Medium-bodied, concentrated, and delicious, this over-achiever is capable of lasting at least another decade. A sleeper of the vintage." (WA)
"Good full red. Port-like aromas of kirsch, graphite and smoke. Dense and chunky, with black cherry, mocha, tobacco and game flavors. Finishes solid and fairly tannic, with a note of chocolate." (VM)
"Easy to drink and like, with its sweet, red cherry and black raspberry and cigar box nose, coupled with its soft textured, red berry character. 87 points - Tasted Jun 28, 2015" (JL)
Location: Saint-Christoly du Médoc.
Area under vine: 12 hectares.
Wine grape variety: 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc.
Age of vines: 30 years.
Vine density: 8,000 vines per hectare.
Terroir: 60% gravel and 40% clay-limestone soil.
Viticulture: Traditional Bordeaux pruning method. Bud thinning in spring
followed by leaf thinning in summer, and green harvesting if necessary.
Winemaking: The grapes are hand-picked into small crates, sorted both before and
after destemming, and put into vat using gravity flow. Cool pre-fermentation
maceration. Manual punching down of the cap. Malolactic fermentation and
ageing on the lees in new French oak barrels.
Yield: 40 to 50 hectolitres per hectare.