en years later Robert Parker retasted our BALTHVS 2005 and he was stunned by its quality and ith youth. The wines of Château de Reignac age beautifully! Beneath you will find the two comments of Robert Parker on the same vintage, but with ten years of interval.
This luxury cuvée from Reignac’s proprietor Yves Vatelot is 100% Merlot fermented in little cigar new oak barrels. It emerges from 7.5 acres of the Reignac vineyard, situated on clay, limestone and gravel soils. The wine, which spent 19 months in 100% new oak, is a 1,000-case cuvée bottled unfined and unfiltered. Extremely youthful at age 10 (tasting more like it’s two or three years old), this chocolaty wine, with notes of espresso roast, black cherry liqueur and cassis, is full-bodied, powerful, young, rich and a progressive, modern style of wine, but loaded with character and richness. It needs another several years of bottle age and should drink well for at least two decades.
April 2006: Note: 92-94
Although it is produced from a separate vineyard, Balthus is in essence the special cuvee of Chateaude Reignac. Cropped at 15 hectoliters per hectare, both its alcoholic and malolactic fermentations take place in small barrels (an unusual as well as labour intensive technique), and the wine is aged on its lees before being bottled unfiltered. The blockbuster 2005 boasts an inky/purple color, 14.5% natural alcohol, and a huge, charcoal-infused nose revealing notions of graphite, melted chocolate, espresso, and creme de cassis. This is a terrific example of what can be achieved by a conscientious proprietor
using artisanal techniques and treating the vineyard like a precious jewel. The 2005 will require 1-3 years of bottle age, and should last for 10-15 years.