I tasted this wine at the iYellow Bordeaux after work party. They held the event at Eight Wine Bar. I’ve been a couple of times before and enjoyed it. They had 5 wines for the tasting. For me, a good Bordeaux is a wine that has many levels of complexity. They are not flat wines. They can best be appreciated without decanting, and you can experience the levels of complexity without food. They evolve in the glass. They can often build in the mouth. This is the experience I look for! This was the best wine of the evening!

The wine is a combination of Cab Sauv and Merlot. 2005 was a great year for Bordeaux. Even average wineries were turning out above average wines for this year! This wine was dark in color with a red berry nose and some earthy notes coming through. On the mid pallet this wine is dominated by the cab but not in a fruit forward California style. It has some nice acidity and a long finish. The tannins build in the mouth leaving a nice chalky pallet coating dryness. This is a lovely complex wine. I would give it a solid 90. For the money this wine is a deal! Grab some while there are ANY left in Ontario of the 2005 vintage!

From the LCBO Web site:
CHÂTEAU DE PANIGON 2005 VINTAGES 230367 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 16.95
Wine, Red Wine 12.4% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content : XD

Made in: Bordeaux, France By: Dwl France
Release Date: Aug 20, 2011

Tasting Note
A wonderful value from a great Bordeaux vintage. Ruby coloured in the glass with inviting notes of cassis, cedar, plum, minerality and florals on the nose. The palate is dry and medium bodied with a crisp acidity, a good tannic hold and a ripe fruit core. Well balanced; the fruit, cedar, herbs and spice all play beautifully. There is a lovely earthy, cassis focus. Marvelous. Enjoy this with grilled steak, or aged hard smoked cheeses. (VINTAGES panel, Oct. 2010)

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