Mouton-Cadet 2005 wine review by (PB)
I grabbed this wine from the famed vintage of 2005 Bordeaux because it was a mere $9. It has plenty of color with depth and a bouquet that is vibrant with black cherry, a little spice and touches of sweetness with dark fruit.
In the mouth this wine is tannic with tight fruit and bread. Lots of potential in this 65% Merlot 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and15% Cabernet Franc; your basic Bordeaux blend. This wine needs to be decanted; I breathed it only for a a half hour or so and that was not enough.
There is now a tart, cherry bouquet and the tannins relax somewhat. Fruit is still stingy but it is there. This is actually a very nice wine at this price point and a typical old world wine in all the great ways. This is a far superior wine than what you normally get for this price from any country.
Your novice wine drinker probably would not like this wine very much thinking it is not very "fruity." But I will buy several more bottles of this and put some age on it. This inexpensive bottle of 05 Bordeaux will age some!
Raise a glass to a superior vintage and what promises to be a vintage with some great values!