Chateau Relais Du Cheval Blanc 2005 wine review by (PB)
On the hunt for 05 Bordeaux bargains I grabbed this thinking it was probably a "second" label of the big (and expensive) Chateau named "Cheval Blanc."
I paid $12 for it and it is a pretty garnet/cranberry jam colored wine with bright fruit bouquet of nice fresh cherry and berry under layer with some pepper, spice and some nice earthy tones.
The palate is quite integrated except fro the tannic foundation which needs a another couple years. It is a sophisticated wine approaching elegant but needs decanting.
With an hour of air, the wine turns into a complex bargain where licorice nose turns into bold evergreen aromas. In the mouth the evergreen flavors carry on through with plenty of ripe fruit. Forgetting the puckery tannins, this is a NICE wine and a value at $12 so raise a bottle!