Chateau Citran 2005

Variety:  Merlot (50%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (50%)
Appellation: Haut Medoc (Left Bank)
Region: Bordeaux, France



France, Bordeaux


"This 2005 from Château Citran was one of the highlights ... It is simply incredible at this price. It is a voluptuous, evocative, well-aged Bordeaux in perfect physical condition, ready to be enjoyed tonight or over the next few years."


"Most reports on the 2005 vintage speak of rich wines with powerful tannins that would take time time in bottle to resolve. Well, now we can see what happens when a wine is actually given that time: In the glass, Citran’s ‘05 still has a deep ruby core moving to a brickish garnet at the rim. What was clearly an explosive, black-fruited young wine has evolved into a nuanced, perfumed, mature wine with complex aromas of black currant, dried black cherry, huckleberry, leather, cigar box, autumn leaves, dried herbs, and cedar. On the palate it delivers lush, slightly sappy red and black fruit that is lifted by acid and framed by tannins that have mellowed into an ultra-fine, sandy side note. It is a very heady wine, with a long, aromatic finish that makes you wish you had a old, wood-paneled library to drink it in (and if you do...all the better!). I would decant this wine for sediment about 20 minutes before serving in Bordeaux stems, allowing it to come up from cellar temp to about 60-65 degrees. Its elegance, roundness, and cured-tobacco savor call for something a little gamey, like the attached roasted/stuffed leg of lamb. This would be a memorable main course combination, to say the least—and you don’t need to be a captain of industry to pull it off."


- Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier, Sommselect