2005 Chateau Beaulieu "Comtes de Tastes"
Bordeaux, France
WB Rating: 86

Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $12.99 (Premier Cru)
Type: Cabernet / Bordeaux
Principal varietal(s): Bordeaux blend

Still closed and somewhat austere, the 2005 Beaulieu Comtes de Tastes nonetheless clearly has a ripe fruit feel in the mouth and good balance. Slightly weedy nose with attractive, spicy dark berry and cherry fruit along with touches of chocolate, tobacco, and underbrush. A bit tight in the mouth and abrupt in the finish, but we expect that will soften with another year or two in the bottle. An extremely good buy at a near-everyday price. - HK 2011-01-27


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