Red

2005 Château La Garde

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 69

  • pcwoz Likes this wine: 90 points

    April 3, 2021 - Cool blackberries. Nice seam of acidity. Chalky tannins still. A touch of light menthol. Cocoa and a touch of coffee. A nice savoury grip that cries out for food like good red Bordeaux always does. Good length. Medium to medium plus mouthfeel. A bit of bricking. To me this could go several years in bottle yet. Still lots of fruit. Mouthwatering. Very enjoyable.

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  • moods wrote: 92 points

    February 27, 2021 - Classic aged Bordeaux aromas. Leather, wood smoke, coffee bean, and licorice. Cassis flavors through a fairly long finish. Smooth mouthfeel. Tremendous balance right now. I'd say it could live for another 5 years maybe, but why wait when it's so darned good at the current time.

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  • Lamanna Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 20, 2021 - I found this wine soft, well structured and packed with smooth, ripe fruit. Nice minerality underneath an exuberant cassis-and-plums aroma.
    There is no sediment in the bottle.
    It tastes like forest floor, mineral, mushroom and stoniness.

  • Lord Marc Likes this wine: 90 points

    January 4, 2021 - It is what I expected awesome. Tannins where mild would not wait much longer.

  • SWHighlander Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 31, 2020 - Drinking well, deep red color, some muted fruit, moderate tannins, a touch of dust, overall good Old World balance.

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    11/4/2009 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/28/2011 (link) 88 points

    (Château La Garde) Bricking very dark violet color; roasted plum, loam, herbal nose; tart cassis, roasted plum, loam palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/24/2009 (link) 89 points

    (Château La Garde) Dark red violet color; focused cassis and ripe berry nose; young and tight yet, but good tart cassis, tart blackberry palate with a touch of menthol, sweet tannins; medium finish (needs 2-3 years)

Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    10/15/2008 (link)

    (La Garde Pessac-Leognan) 2005 Bordeaux Dear Friends, I received a dearth of emails yesterday regarding my vintage assessment - most asked for more 2005 Bordeaux and (if I can find any) 2005 Burgundy. I'm committed to pounding the pavement for the next two weeks and this morning I've found my first cache. Here we go - a cast-off 2005 Grand Vin Bordeaux at a price that is about the same (or lower) than it was on first tranche back in 2006 (first tranche was the first pre-arrival price offered). When I say cast-off, it is not a statement of quality, it was cast-off because it received the dreaded 89pt score so it was basically ignored (which is a statement of how addicted we are to numbers in the wine game - if 2005 de Vogue Musigny VV received an 89 my hunch is that many would ignore it as well when the wine would most likely blossom into something spectacular with a few years in bottle?). It's no secret that Pessac had a great 2005 (check Haut Brion and La Mission) and this style is why most of us love Bordeaux - elegant and perfumed with a Graves-like, gravel and smoke aromatic that is lightly tinged by tobacco and cedar. The wine is complimented by the reserved power of the 2005 vintage and the regal quality this possesses would put most in this price range to shame - certainly most Cabernet-based wines of the world under $20. This is another reason why Bordeaux still represents your very best buy in the world. To put this in perspective, La Garde is akin to a Napa property in a prime location (let's say, something like Staglin) and this is their top wine in one on the greatest vintages of the last 50 years. That about sums it up. The review below sounds like a beautiful wine to me and one I would drink every night (I agree with the verbiage completely) - if it received one more point, it would have disappeared form the market two years ago, but the "89" is where you benefit: An absolute steal of a deal - I rarely say this (if ever, as it veers toward retailer hyperbole) but I would encourage you to invest in more than a few bottles with this one. This parcel is directly from the source with the finest provenance available in the world: (this is a full 750ml, not a half bottle) 2005 Chateau La Garde (Pessac-Leognan) (750ml) Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Bord8460

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château La Garde
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Graves
  • Appellation Pessac-Léognan
  • UPC Codes 3258691269122, 3258691385853, 3258691414607, 3258691441368, 6609681269122, 664941000903

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  • Pending Delivery 47 (3%)
  • In Cellars 931 (57%)
  • Consumed 659 (40%)

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