Chateau Haut-Maurac 2005

88+ points

Médoc.  Cru Bourgeois. 13.5%

A random buy from a supermarket.  Aromas of fresh sawdust that breathe off.  Dark, young claret but a little bit sumptuous.  Will be very good drinking in 3 years or so.  Bargain.

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Domaine Auzias 2005

82 points

Vin de Pays de la Cité de Carcassonne. 12.5%

An intruiging blend of 50% Cab/Merlot with Grenache, Cinsault and Alicante gives a lifted slightly herbal nose. A somewhat dilute wine (to be expected I suppose given the price) with some nice fresh crunchy acidity. Lacks the depth of the similarly priced wines from Gerard Bertrand.

Chateau Pontet- Canet 2004

90++ points

Pauillac. 13%

Every wine critic speaks highly of Pontet-Canet today. It’s the new Leoville Las Cas, that is, it’s regularly compared to the first growths. In which case this vintage is a bargain.

Well to the wine. It’s super concentrated cassis and new oak, but with a freshness that is more like Hawkes Bay NZ than California. It’s different than much Bordeaux I drink because it is just so young and concentrated. Best left until nearer 2020. If you bought this en primeur you got one of the best Bordeaux deals this decade.