2005 - Grande Reserve de Beau-Rivage, Bordeaux
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On Mon, 31 Mar 2008 23:11:48 reader wrote:
Our latest choice for under $10.00 is the 2005 Grande Reserve de Beau-Rivage, Bordeaux Eleve en futs de chene, France. At $9.95 from Geerlings and Wade, we have found it to be a good choice, and a price performer for the 2005 Bordeaux's. We drink a lot of California reds, and have come to really like this one.
[Name removed for privacy]
On Thursday, 15 May 2008 19:24:00 I replied:
I got my bottle of the 2005 Grande Reserve de Beau-Rivage, Bordeaux from Geerlings and Wade this afternoon. We don't usually drink wine during the week, but based on your recommendation, I HAD to try it, with pasta and red sauce, tonight for dinner. I was only going to have one glass. But we finished it off.
Boy! This wine is terrific! Thank you for the recommendation and restoring my faith in wines under $10 being a GREAT value. Even for the Bordeaux.
Thank you again for the recommendation!
The Bella Wine Guy
Review starts here:
Winery/Name: Grande Reserve de Beau-Rivage, Bordeaux Eleve en futs de chene
Region/Country: Bordeaux, France
Varietal: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc
ALC: 12.5% ALC by Vol
You can take a look at the front label of this wine right here:
Reserve de Beau-Rivage, Bordeaux Eleve en futs de chene
I opened the bottle of Bordeaux, and I honestly can say, I was a little apprehensive. I’ve been down the Bordeaux road before five times looking for a wine that tasted good, and was, what I thought, an exceptional value. I have been disappointed four out of five times. I was at bat five times and struck out four times. So you can see why I was wary.
My own tasting notes on this bottle:
Slight oak nose, dark cherry color in the glass, hint of berry, definitely full fruit nose. After a small sip, the wine was smooth and mellow. It was dry with a fruity finish. It was also very easy to drink since it had low to no acidity. The finish was fruity and really yummy tasting.
Geerlings & Wade had these tasting notes:
This elegant Bordeaux blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and 7% Cabernet Franc begins with s soft mouth that evolves with mellow and velvety tannins. Marked by a fruity taste with light vanilla notes due to its maturing in oak barrels, this is an easy, pleasurable value wine to serve with poultry and white meats.
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