The 2005 vintage in Bordeaux is recognised as truly exceptional on both left and right banks. Prolonged dry weather and cool nights produced berries that had concentrated fruit flavours with ripe tannins and good levels of acidity. On Sunday, Richard presented a Listrac-Medoc Chateau Fonreaud 05 which he’s had for some time from the Wine Society at £13. It proved to be excellent value.
The brick coloured rim spoke of its maturity but the colour was intense red/black. The nose showed also the aged quality of the wine with its stewed black fruit aromas and some acidity, which faded. there was slight menthol quality but not the tell-tale blackcurrant nose. The flavour was distinctly earthy to me, both spicy and savoury but not overly fruity. The finish was distinctly dry and long. The tannins were well-integrated; this was a classic claret at its best. It would have been a fine accompaniment to red meat or a riper cheese. Lovely.
I have a bottle of the 2008, if it’s half as good as the 05, we’re in for a treat.