2005 - Ch L'Arrosée Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
06A5ARRO _ 2005 - Ch L'Arrosée Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 12x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château l'Arrosée
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2015 - 2035
Case size
12x75cl
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2005 CH L'ARROSÉE GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château l'Arrosée
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2015 - 2035
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £812.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • RP3

    Robert Parker, June 2015,
    Score: 91

    A Bordeaux that seems to have a Burgundian personality, L’Arrosée’s 2005 displays elegance and finesse, with sweet black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, hints of minerality and earth, but soft tannin, a lush, medium-bodied style, and impressive concentration, purity and overall texture. By no means a blockbuster (in a vintage that produced almost endless numbers of them), this wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years. Drink: 2015-2035

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2008,
    Score: 93

    This estate's new proprietor has hit a home run, producing l'Arrosee's finest wine since the earlyeighties, when a bevy of top clarets (1982, 1985, 1986) were produced. Somewhat reminiscent of a Burgundy, the deep ruby/purple-tinged 2005 offers up sweet raspberry and forest floor characteristics along with a hint of toasty oak. It hits the palate with beautiful finesse, elegance, and sweetness. Medium to full-bodied with loads of black currant and raspberry fruit, substantial but sweet tannin, zesty acidity, and a long finish, this beauty is filled with purity, symmetry, and balance. It should hit its plateau of maturity in 7-8 years, and last for three decades. Drink: 2015 - 2038

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2007,
    Score: 92-94

    Thanks to this estate's new proprietor, 2005 is the finest vintage for l'Arrosee since 1982. Amineral-dominated effort, it reveals a Burgundian-like nose of black raspberries, forest floor, flowers, and even blacker fruits. As the wine sits in the glass, a notion of spring lilacs also emerges. This full-bodied, dense, rich St.-Emilion possesses an ethereal lightness/elegance that can not be dismissed. The tannins are substantial, but sweet and soft, suggesting this wine will be approachable in its youth yet age easily for 25 or more years. It is worth noting that the inestimable Michel Bettane, France's most competent wine writer/critic, named the 2005 l'Arroseethe “wine of the year” on his website ... no small distinction. Drink 2007-2032.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 91-94

    The finest lArrosee since 1990 and 1982, this estates new owner is clearly on the right path to restoring this impeccable terroir to its former glory. Top-flight oenologist Gilles Pouquet is overseeing the vinification, and the result is a wine that combines the best of Burgundy and Bordeaux. Elegant, fragrant, complex aromas of sweet cherries, spice box, loamy soil, earth, and flowers soar from the glass of this deep ruby/purple-tinged St.-Emilion. There is not a hard edge to be found in this quintessentially elegant yet densely concentrated, savory wine. With sweet tannin, a layered texture, and wonderful freshness as well as vivacity, it should be at its peak between 2010-2025.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2006,
    Score: 17 Points

    Very dark crimson. Sweet, spicy, neat. Really quite sophisticated and lively. A delicate St-Émilion and therefore unusual but a pretty wine, though there's a bit of sweet oak in evidence. Drink 2015-25. 17 Points.

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Producer

Château l'Arrosée

This St Emilion Grand Cru Classé has been run by the enthusiastic new proprietors, Roger and Jean-Philippe Caille since 2002. Their 10 hectare vineyard is located on the slopes or 'côtes' ofSt Emilion and is planted with Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), and Cabernet Franc (20%). The grapes are hand-harvested, fermented in temperature-controlled concrete vats and then matured in 100% new oak casks for 12 months. L'Arrosée's style is quite unique- fleshy, yet firm and powerful, fragrant, as well as rich and full.

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.