2005 Chateau Boyd-Cantenac

Year: 2005
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92
Jeff Leve: 91
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"Offers loads of toasty oak and very ripe fruit, with hints of coffee and tobacco. Dark, full-bodied, rich and round, with beautifully textured tannins. Very long and caressing. Best after 2013. 6,000 cases made." (WS)

"This chateau, which is often under the radar (production is only 5,500-6,000 cases), has fashioned a terrific, inky/blue/purple-hued 2005 with a beautiful bouquet of spring flowers, creme de cassis, pain grille, and blueberries. Powerful and concentrated with full-bodied richness, stunning purity, and a tannic, 40+-second finish, this beauty requires patience. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030+." (WA)

"With deep color, the wine offers a beautiful perfume of licorice, flowers, cassis, oak and earth. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, the supple wine ends with a long, round, cassis, spice and red plum filled finish. Give it a few more years to soften and come together. 91 points - Tasted Aug 22, 2011" (JL)

A SUPERB $49.95, 2005 BORDEAUX FOR AGING 2005 CHATEAU BOYD-CANTENAC GRAND CRU CLASSE MARGAUX

"As opposed to the ’05 St. Emilion Chateau Destieux, that began this issue of the Guide, this Boyd-Cantenac is a definite wine for aging. It’s closed in now, though its Grand Cru pedigree and seamless structure indicate the potential of this ’05. I can do no better then quote Robert Parker when he first reviewed this wine and said, “Boyd-Cantenac’s tannic, pure 2005 may be the finest wine I have yet tasted from this estate. Like so many Margaux cru classes, it performed extraordinarily well in this vintage. An inky/purple color accompanies sweet blueberry and cassis fruit, floral, licorice, and wet steel-like characteristics. Deep, full-bodied, powerful, structured, and tannic, it is a classic, long-lived effort to consume between 2011-2030.” O.K., I would not call it full bodied, but more medium to full-bodied. In the 1855 greatest of all wine classifications, Boyd-Centenac ranked a 3rd growth, making it one of the top 75 or so vineyards in all of Bordeaux. The estate covers about 45 or so acres, producing around 8,000 case a year. Its cepage is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. Aging occurs for about 18 months in casks of which about 25% are new".

RATING:91/93

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