Of “Graves” Importance
Good evening tongue followers. Brent's tongue is dragging my face, eyes, skull and the rest of the baggage, without warning, over to France. I didn't want to get into France this early in the game but my stupid tongue could not resist telling the folks about this wine. Any time I feel there is a must-buy wine I am going to jump on it before it disappears. My ultimate goal with this blog is to build the readers palette from the ground up if they so choose. If a person tries each wine I review or even a different wine but same varietal they should get a good frame of reference as to what their individual tastes are. Also with a good palette frame of reference, the more complex wines will make a lot more sense. If you were to give a new wine drinker a glass of a good Chateauneuf du Pape there is no way they will enjoy it the way it should be enjoyed. I better get this moving along my tongue is getting anxious. The wine in question is a 2005 Graves pronounced Grahv. Chateau Cabannieux 2005 Graves is a bordeaux from the left bank of the bordeaux region. I am not going to spend a lot of time on the bordeaux classifications, I'll leave that for another time. Chateau Cabannieux is a classified Graves and this one is a 2005 so for the price this makes it a must-have. Just a tip for those who don't know, buy any 2005 bordeaux- everyone loves advise that rhymes? The 2005 bordeaux have been considered to be one of the best vintages in 100 years. I bought Chateau Cabannieux 2005 at Plum Market in Bloomfield Hills for 16.99. Any 2005 bordeaux at that price must be bought especially a classified Graves. I can't imagine this wine being around for too long so buy it up. It's truly exciting. This wine is polar opposite from the last review I did. As far as young palettes are concerned; I would recommend buying the wine and holding on to it for a while. The Graves region of bordeaux is a very gravelly terrain which is where the name graves comes from. This feature really comes through in this wine. The earthiness is the main essence of this Graves. If you're going to drink this I would open it and let it breathe for at least an hour. Structurally speaking this wine is very tight and needs time to open up and blossom, but the wait is sooooo worth it. Once the earthiness hits the palette it starts to unfold into a nice spice and dark berry notes. The tannin structure is fantastic and throughout the tasting hints of tobacco come to the forefront. In five to ten years this wine will be unbelievable. Beware! this wine is not for the lighter bodied, fruity wine drinkers. You will not enjoy this, but if you are feeling adventurous and open to a wine that will make you think; you won't be dissappointed. My tongue gives this a stellar 9 out of 11. My tongue will try to continue building on what I started with my first blog. I'm aiming at starting with the riper juicier wines that are more one-dimensional then moving into the more complex earthier wines. The Chateau Cabannieux is more of a detour that will make a whole lot more sense in the future. And if you're an experienced wine drinker with a palette for the more nuanced wines jump right into this one and leave some for me... son's o' bitches.