2005 Chateau Reignac 3.0 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Bordeaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 88
Red Wine
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75% Melort 25% Cabernet Sauvignon

"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. 17,500 cases made. " (WS)

"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!" (WA)

"Good full medium ruby. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, tobacco, smoky oak and earth (30% of this wine was fermented in barriques Fat, layered and sweet, with very good depth of blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice flavor. Impressively broad and full-bodied for a Bordeaux Superieur. Finishes with big, ripe, palate-dusting tannins, a kick of black licorice and very good length." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Bud thinning, double leaf thinning, 3 bunch thinnings, hand picking into small baskets and double sorting both before and after de-stemming.

30% of the grapes is vinified in new oak barrels after cold maceration in a stainless-steel vat (patent pending Yves VATELOT). 70% vinified in both wooden and stainless-stell vats after cold maceration. Pigeage (cap punching), rack and return and the wine is run off while still wram for malolactic fermentation on the less in barrel.

100% new barrels for 19 months. The less are regularly stirred by a rotating of the barrel. Various coopers ( Bordelaise, Garonnaise, Quintessence, Seguin Moreau, Sylvain, Treuil, Vernou).