jamie goode's wine blog: More affordable 2005 Bordeaux

Sunday, April 27, 2008

More affordable 2005 Bordeaux

Three more Bordeaux wines from the 2005 vintage. Solidly made and good value for money, I reckon - at least, by the usual Bordeaux standards.

Dourthe No 1 2005 Bordeaux
This well known brand is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, put together by none other than M. Rolland. It's classic Bordeaux: there's a hint of gravelliness to the nose, there's some brightness to the dark fruits, and there's fresh grippy structure. It's not going to set the world alight, but it is very drinkable. Solid effort. 83/100 (6.49 Waitrose, currently on offer at 4.79, until 13 May)

Chateau Pey la Tour 2005 Bordeaux Superieur
77% Merlot, 14% Cab Sauv, 8% Cab Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Very attractive nose showing sweet open blackcurrant fruit with a nice sappiness. The palate is soft and seductive with fresh, almost pure fruit. A ripe, modern style of Claret that's very drinkable, without feeling at all tricked-up. Also one of the Dourthe portfolio. 88/100 (8.99 Wine Society, Waitrose)

Chateau Rival-Bellevue 2005 Bordeaux Superieur
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet. On opening this is dominated by sweet oak, but after a while it settles down to reveal attractive, forward sweet dark fruits bolstered by some spicy tannins and a bit of new oak. Ripe, modern and well put together, but perhaps just a little too much reliance on oak? 85/100 (was 8.99 at Waitrose, reduced to 5.99 in their French wines showcase, but currently out of stock, I believe)



At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Adam Kennedy said...


That Pey La Tour looks like it's the standard version which I think you can get at Tesco for 6ish a bottle, even better value then. Waitrose/TWS sell the reserve version for 8.99, also very good value IMO.


At 11:52 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Adam, you are correct. I've just tonight opened the reserve version, and it's also great value. You are also correct that the non-reserve version really is great value. Thanks for the correction.


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