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Sunday, November 18, 2007

2005 Château de Fontenille Bordeaux

This cheap Bordeaux came recommended as being a good QPR (quality price ratio – a term I don't use much, but will probably start doing so). For $8 many people would be afraid it couldn't possibly be good, but it's a highly rated vintage and I was up for a gamble.

Plum and cigar on the nose.

Very nice – medium tannin, black fruit, smoky tobacco – cigar box? - and a nice balance of oak. Some somewhat astringent qualities came through after several hours of this wine being open. Nothing that can't be looked past, but this is one of those goofy wines where it's at it's best in the first hour or two .

Earth and a bit of smoke on the finish.

This is absurdly good for the price. If you want loads of deep complexity, stop being a cheap ass and reading a $8 bottle review – but if you want a great bottle to open any night of the week, this one is the way to go.


Dave said...

I thought it was pretty good, too.
Binny's has been stocking in a good number of these unknown cheap 2005 BDX - I also liked the Ch. Nicot at the same price.

Anonymous said...

If you thought the 2005 was decent, try the 2000--but decant it for 1-2 hours. WOW! It's been one of favs this year, and I bought every bottle I could find in Macau.

thierry said...

This is a great value. As a matter of fact it received a gold medal in Paris in 2009. If you see it, buy it, and enjoy every scent contained in the precious bottle.