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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 7 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Les Trois Croix (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionLibournais
AppellationFronsac
UPC Code(s)3419466160055, 3760103480068

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2018 (based on 13 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Les Trois Croix Fronsac on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.4 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 45 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Vmaster007 on 6/13/2015 & rated 86 points: It was a pleasant wine, lots of fruit and good balance. (241 views)
 Tasted by anstruletz on 12/9/2014 & rated 90 points: Drinking great (745 views)
 Tasted by ProfByron on 10/11/2014 & rated 85 points: Dense ripe Merlot with substantial tannin still. Leaning towards over extraction. And maybe drying out.

Will this ever open up ? Will it gain any complexity with age? I think not, so you have to enjoy it for what it is now, and most people will like this, but it's frustrating if you've cellared this 7+ years. Especially when the 2009s are more accessible and impressive.

Sealed with cork. 14% alcohol. Drink now and over next few years. (871 views)
 Tasted by KristianT on 9/12/2014 & rated 88 points: Dark and intense. Much better than two years ago, but still quite youthful. Opens up with some air. Nice notes of black fruit and cherry. A bit dry on the aftertaste. I will try next bottle in a year or so (or earlier with a good decanting) (998 views)
 Tasted by Valentin Gasser on 5/18/2014 & rated 90 points: Color: Dark, impenetrable. Nose: Beef bouillon, licorice, dark fruits like blackberry. Mouth: Black grapes, in the finish some dried herbs. It is like dark fruit jelly with some herb sprinkles atop is springing up of cracks. Quite tannic but the tannins are ripe and not green. Quite a monster of a wine with a sweet core from the fruit. Excellent and off the beaten Bordeaux path. This wine is quite intense but the finish is rather short meaning standard short. Would the finish have been more prolonged it would have earned an even higher score. Will hold against any food. It is on its peak now. 85% Merlot, 15% Cab franc, 14% alc. The open bottle after having spent some time in the fridge has become a bit flat and boring. (1278 views)
 Tasted by RobertDwyer on 12/18/2013 & rated 86 points: So here we are at 8 years in and I've popped the last bottle of this I have. Sadly it's probably less enjoyable now than it was on release. Too many of these affordable 2005 Bordeaux are clogging up my storage space and I've lost patience. (2089 views)
 Tasted by jfurey21 on 10/27/2013 & rated 89 points: Had this with steak for Mimi's birthday. enjoyable. great QPR. Big cherry flavor with some nice backbone. I decanted for an hour. (1616 views)
 Tasted by sczetty on 10/5/2013 & rated 90 points: Still very good. Had it with breaded pork chips ala Wiener schnitzel. Strong black cherry taste. (1458 views)
 Tasted by ianinvirginia on 4/28/2013: This needs a ton of time, with still-primary fruit and sandy tannin. (2102 views)
 Tasted by GoBlue2002 on 12/3/2012 flawed bottle: Brett. Lots of barnyard and almost undetectable fruit with overall muted flavors. Left it open a couple hours and hoped for improvement. It got worse. (2371 views)
 Tasted by KristianT on 11/3/2012 & rated 88 points: Opened the case I bought en primeur. Very nice wine, but still way too young. Great on the nose and very promising structure, but quite short aftertaste for the time being. (1936 views)
 Tasted by Vmaster007 on 10/7/2012 & rated 84 points: Dark coloured, the nose gives us a intense mushroom scent along with dark cherries, smoke and earth.
Earthy in the palate, it is also intense, I'm running deep in the woods. Good acidity, but tannins are a lot present. Some spices that softens in the mouth. It doesn't tastes the same as the last bottle I openned, I will revisit my other bottles in a year. Decent wine, but it seems to evolve quicker. An hour of breathing will definetly help. (1924 views)
 Tasted by Drial14 on 9/9/2012 & rated 89 points: Think this a drink now wine. Quite a bit of sediment on the bottle .only need less than an hour after decant. Then started to fad a bit. (2018 views)
 Tasted by nocoretiree on 8/15/2012 & rated 91 points: Really a special wine, 85% Merlot/15% Cab Franc, but fairly robust for that combo of varietals. Appearance was dark and inky, but maybe not as much as say a Shiraz. Nose was a strong, pleasurable bowl of black cherries. Taste was the same bowl of cherries, plus hint of leather, earthy, tons of tannin just a touch softened and balanced by 7 years but a welcome addition to the wine. I let it breathe for two hours and it spent another hour in the decanter. Over time it morphed into being even more splendid, but in retrospect, it would have been fine after an hour or two. Once we passed the third hour, it started to soften even more....maybe half a click more than what we wanted, but still really good. This wine is at its peak NOW. DRINK NOW. We had it with a bison pot roast we infused with a hopped pale ale in a crock pot for 10 hours and it stood up to all the seasonings and the slightly gamy bison. (1643 views)
 Tasted by ggkemp on 4/21/2012 & rated 87 points: Very deep color, Fruity nose, fairly simple pleasant flavor, moderate finish.. (1624 views)
 Tasted by joet626 on 3/10/2012 & rated 88 points: Dark in color. Smooth on the palate. Very good with food. Had half a glass after dinneranddid not care for it. very dry. Must have with food. (1767 views)
 Tasted by grippo24 on 5/1/2011 & rated 89 points: Citrus with peppermint flavor, good finish more long lasting and good with a steak (2917 views)
 Tasted by bg3034 on 4/19/2011 & rated 88 points: PnP through Nuance Wine Finer. Dark purple color. Blackberries on the nose. On the palate, dark fruit, moderate tannins. Slight tartness on the finish. Definitely heavy on the merlot in this blend. Nice wine. 88pts. Aloha! (3029 views)
 Tasted by AtoZ on 12/20/2010 & rated 88 points: Decent. Kind of simple. Even a tad dirty. Just not exciting. At home with short ribs. (3245 views)
 Tasted by RobertDwyer on 11/9/2010 & rated 89 points: One of my favorite value 05 Bordeaux. (3999 views)
 Tasted by mmcdds on 11/5/2010 & rated 88 points: Simple, enjoyable, more modern styled bordeaux with fairly forward blackberry flavors and and soft chalky tannins. Nice QPR. (3482 views)
 Tasted by pgb67 on 10/22/2010 & rated 93 points: Clear garnet color, floral nose with dark fruit and tobacco notes; round and concentrated palate of dark berries and cassis, with a lingering creaminess on the finish. With air becomes more delicious. Tannic and complex, but approachable, which makes it outstanding in my book, especially given its value status. Drink or hold. (3530 views)
 Tasted by RobertDwyer on 9/13/2010 & rated 88 points: It was interesting checking in on one of my favorite QPR plays from 2005 Bordeaux at 5 years. Tannins are still quite chalky but the fruit is beginning to shine through. Check back in a year. (4098 views)
 Tasted by finlero on 6/4/2010 & rated 89 points: For the price, was expecting an everyday drinker, but this is something a bit more special.

Opened 30 minutes before tasting. Inky purple in color. Young, bold French nose of currants, red apples, dust, spice, barnyard. Big and young to the taste, ripe blackberry up front, easing into cooked apple and strawberry, ending with some Meyer lemon and baking spice, all with a dark coffee undercurrent. Extra-long finish, still very tannic, almost exceedingly so.

Really good now, but everything about this says lay it down a while. Terrific QPR, hope I can find more. (4095 views)
 Tasted by tbvl on 4/10/2010 & rated 89 points: Black currant and forth comming in the nose. Ok concentration in mouth but a little off balance. Think it will benefit getting some years lying down. (4213 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126
(Chateau Les Trois Croix Fronsac) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/19/2006)
(Ch Les Trois Croix Fronsac Red) Subscribe to see review text.
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Château Les Trois Croix

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Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Libournais

Libournais (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) - Read more about St. Emilion and its wines - Read more about Pomerol and its wines

Saint Emilion Grat Classified Growth, Classified Growths, Grands Crus Classes, GCC

In 1954, while the "Graves" growths had just published their own classification, the wine syndicate of Saint-Emilion, composed by wine growers, brokers and wine traders with the approval of the INAO - Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (A.O.C), decided to work on a classification for the wines of Saint Emilion. Initially, four grades were defined. These were reduced to two - First Great Classified Growth (A and B) and Great Classified Growth - in 1984.

As of Medoc's 1855 historical grading, the Saint-Emilion Great Classified Growth classification is not only based on qualitative criteria by tasting the wines on a ten years period previous to the assessment, but also on commercial considerations such as:
- sales price levels
- national and international commercial distribution
- the estate's reputation on the market

Properties who don't manage to join the club of about sixty Classified Growths are given the denomination of Great Growth ("Grand Cru"), while the remaining wineries of the A.O.C are simply reported as "Saint-Emilion". It is to be noted that the owners must officially apply to appear in the official classification. Thus for example the famous Chateau Tertre-Roteboeuf, whose quality and reputation would easily justify to be listed among the First Great Classified Growths, does not appear here by the will of its owner, François Mitjaville.

The Saint-Emilion Great Growth classification was revised in 1969, 1985, 1996 and 2006. The only two guaranteed vintage (A.O.C) who can apply to the classification are the "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru" and "Saint-Emilion" areas.

By grading 61 properties, the 2006 revision confirmed many growths from the former classification, but also caused a number of surprises and a few inevitable disappointments. Many observers thought that the impressive progression of Perse's Chateau Pavie since 1998 would be rewarded by an upgrade into the First Great Classified Growths (A) category, but finally such was not the case.

Among the estates promoted to the First Great Classified Growths B category are Chateau Troplong-Mondot and Pavie-Macquin, whose efforts made since the Nineties fully justify their new grade. It should be noted that no First Great Classified Growth was relegated to the lower Great Classified Growth class.

Promoted growths from the status of Great Growth ("Grand Cru") to Great Classified Growth ("Grand Cru Classe") are: Chateaux Bellefont-Belcier, Destieux, Fleur Cardinale, Grand Corbin, Grand Corbin-Despagne and Monbousquet.

The demoted growths from the status of Great Classified Growth to Great Growth are: Chateaux Bellevue, Cadet Bon, Faurie de Souchard, Guadet Saint-Julien, La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Belivier), La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Moueix), Lamarzelle, Petite Faurie de Soutard, Tertre Daugay, Villemaurine and Yon-Figeac. If the recent samples of some of the above mentioned properties may justify their current downgrade, there are great chances that estates like Bellevue, Tertre Daugay or Yon-Figeac will be upgraded to their previous rankings by the next revision in 2016 as the progresses noted after 2000, but not entering in the range of vintages (1993 - 2002) appointed for the criteria of selection for the 2006 classification, are noticable.

The two following estates have completely disappeared from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification: Curé-Bon-la-Madeleine (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Canon) and La Clusière (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Pavie).

Finally, no estate considered as "garagiste" has integrated the classification. Valandraud, Mondotte, Le Dome, Bellevue-Mondotte or Magrez-Fombrauge have, for the least, the potential to be ranked as Great Classified Growths. In sight of the very fine quality reached by the above mentioned estates in recent vintages as well as all the innovative wine making methods used by the "garagistes", it remains to be seen whether the authorities will dare to cross the line in 2016..?

Fronsac

Vins Fronsac (Conseil des Vins de Fronsac) – Read more about Fronsac

 
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