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Château Montaiguillon (2005) Montagne-Saint-Emilion

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The perfume is an evocative compote of rich, ripe summer fruits steeped in spices. The palate displays a gorgeous swathe of pristine blackberry and loganberry flavours supported by well-integrated tannins. Beautifully vibrant and pure, yet with a hint of cedarwood and woodsmoke on the finish. Beautifully balanced and wonderful to drink now.

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    TypeRed
    Vintage2005
    When to DrinkNow until 2025
    ProducerChateau Montaiguillon
    RegionBordeaux
    AppellationMontagne-Saint-Emilion
    GrapesCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
    PairingRed Meat, Game, Roasts, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Chicken.
    ABV13.5%
    Volume75cl (Full Bottle)

    Overlooking the legendary names of Cheval Blanc, L’Evangile and Figeac, on a slight incline, and with the limestone and clay soils that so define Bordeaux’s right bank, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the wines of Château Montaiguillon would come with a considerable price tag. 

    Yet, thanks to its position just over the border from St-Emilion, in Montagne St-Emilion (the other side of the border where the terroir is often inferior to Montaiguillon’s sun-baked slope), where they could charge at least three or four times the price.  But aware that the same prices can’t be charged on this side of the border, young incumbent Mathieu Ternault isn’t able to afford to have a team of harvesters for the duration of the harvest.  However, the alternative, a machine-harvester that he hires, is lifting the quality of Montaiguillon to a whole new level.  That’s because the machine that harvests the grapes has an optical sorter on board: the same (incredibly pricey) piece of machinery used by the first growths, and other top estates. This ensures that not one sub-standard berry makes it into the vats.

    “2005 - The Bordeaux Vintage of the Century and of Modern Times?

    2005 is a truly fantastic vintage with great quality across the board on both the Left and Right Banks.

    The weather during the 2005 growing season was exceptionally dry, leading almost to drought conditions in certain areas. Temperatures were also frequently above average but not to the heatwave extremes of 2003.

    The key outcome is grapes of exceptional maturity but of smaller size than usual. The ratio of solids to juice is higher than usual, yielding wines of exceptional concentration. However, this is entirely natural concentration, not created by undue manipulation of the fruit in the vats.

    Moreover, the wines possess exceptional balance; warm days during August and September imbued the grapes with marvellous ripeness but cool nights ensured that the acidities did not drop.  As a result the wines combine natural richness with a cool, refreshing acidity.

    Mention must also be made of the tannins; an effect of the small size of the berries, particularly of the Cabernet Sauvignon, is a very high tannin count in the wine, one of the highest ever recorded in many cases.

    These tannins are, however, fully ripe so possess a silky texture on the palate with no hint of aggression or austerity.  The combination of excellent maturity, correct acidity and ripe tannins has produced wines of quite exceptional quality.

    How does the vintage compare with the great years of recent memory? Well, outstanding vintages always seem to have a layer of `puppy fat' which gives them a delightful fleshy texture, even at the outset.

    1982 springs to mind as a valid comparison in every sense, but it's worth noting that yields in 1982 were considerably higher than in 2005, resulting in slightly lower concentration.  There are some similarities with 1990, but the 2005 wines have greater freshness for the most part as a result of their higher acidities.  The jury remains out as to whether the Vintage of This Century goes to 2005, 2009 or 2010 but my money is on 2005 for drinking now and 2009 for drinking in the second half of this decade. 

    We have released these wines from our cellars now, in 2022, as they are now within their wide, optimum drinking window.  Snap them up while you can as 2005 Bordeaux reds are becoming increasingly difficult to find and we have only a limited quantity to be able to offer.

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    The perfume is an evocative compote of rich, ripe summer fruits steeped in spices. The palate displays a gorgeous swathe of pristine blackberry and loganberry flavours supported by well-integrated tannins. Beautifully vibrant and pure, yet with a hint of cedarwood and woodsmoke on the finish. Beautifully balanced and wonderful to drink now.

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