2005 Bordeaux In Stock: Pierre de Cartier

2005 Chateau Couronneau Cuvee Pierre de Cartier Bordeaux Superieur
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$19.98
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$17.98 per bottle with 10% full case discount on this normally NET wine.
This vintage is beginning to flow, bringing the excitement of sampling some of the higher tiered wines. It also brings the ability to make generalizations, so let’s get started doing that. It seems that the 2005 Right Bank wines, and the satellites that follow their style, will be known for their jaw dropping intensity. If you thought the Château Couronneau Volte Face was powerful, wait till you try the Premier Vin, the Pierre de Cartier. It is endowed with the adrenaline and sinew to stare down most Bordeaux blends produced in the new world, but it also carries the dark minerality, bitter pencil and leather that we affectionately refer to as ‘old school’. We got an introduction to the power in the regular Couronneau, and the Volte Face brought a level of polish and concentration. This is like a Volte Face that needs 5 years extra bottle age.If you like rough-housing with a wine, in the way that some puppies like to get thrown around, (the exhilaration of going up against something stronger than you) then drink this wine now. And have it with meat. If you don’t eat meat, I’ll be honest: This would annihilate most every vegetarian or fish dish I have ever had. So you can cross over to the dark side, or shoot me an email, and we’ll find something a little lighter. For those who don’t have a young pup palate, put this away and forget about it. It is 2005 Bordeaux after all, and like all the prestige wines, it is stacked and layered upon itself, and it requires patience.

While I have compared the 2005 Couronneau’s to new world wines in terms of ripeness and scale, I must reiterate this tastes like France. Between the meat and pepper and leather, this is not filtered UC Davis wine. Upon opening, you’ll find these “old school Bordeaux” components dominate the aromatics, but as the wine opens in the decanter (or over three days as I like to do) the fruit steps forward and commands the attention. The other components become highlights that make this wine compellingly Bordeaux, while the vintage gives it plenty of crossover appeal.

With good storage this wine should coast easily to its tenth birthday and beyond. At $17.98 per bottle on the full case, this is an intriguing buy. In normal Bordeaux vintages or any Napa vintage you‘d have to pay between $30 and $40 to get this depth and intensity. I keep saying it over and over. As much hype as there is for the famous names in this vintage, there is so much compelling evidence for buying under the radar. And I’m going to keep stashing these types of wines away till the well runs dry. – Ben Jordan

2005 Chateau Couronneau Cuvee Pierre de Cartier Bordeaux Superieur
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$19.98
  Add to Cart
$17.98 per bottle with 10% full case discount on this normally NET wine.
Tasting Notes
If there is a definition of palate presence, this is it. From the flavors, to the body, to the textures that extend the finish, this is intense. We’ve tasted this wine over a number of vintages, and while it is always good, it has never had such an arresting presence. I mentioned the leather and pencil lead, the notes of classic Bordeaux, and they are there. There is also dark red and purple fruit that possesses great sweetness. As I mentioned the wine is stacked. You can chew on the structure. Many of the 2005 Bordeaux will be long lived, and this is one of them.
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