For as long as I can turn up these fabulous 2005 petit chateau Bordeaux, I'm going to be snatching them up. When Bordeaux says they have produced their finest vintage ever, I get on board; sadly, these wines are not going to be available forever!

It's important to know that when the harvest is perfect, as it was in 2005, there are many more great wines spread across all the appellations, not just the super expensive estates who have the resources to carve out great wines year after year. This means you'll be getting classified growth quality at a Cru Bourgeois price.

This wine comes from one of my favorite little appellations: Cotes de Castillon. When I go hunting, it's my first stop.

"Now the most fashionable of all the Bordeaux satellite appellations, the Cotes de Castillon has been a hot bed of exceptional activity over the last decade with a bevy of overachievers moving in from the adjacent appellations of St. Emilion and Pomerol.

"Today the Cotes de Castillon is going through a revolution in wine quality, and it is a fabulous source of tremendous values with some of Bordeaux's most talented wine producers setting up shop in the area. These include Hubert de Bouard (Angelus) Gerard Perse (Pavie and Pavie Decesse), well-known wine guru Stephane Derenoncourt and Stephan von Neipperg (Canon La Gaffeliere and La Mondotte).

"There are many top estates, all somewhat under consumers' radar, that sell for a song considering their exceptional quality. This is an exciting appellation that serious students and consumers of Bordeaux wines should be following with increasing interest." - Rated 89, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Lagrave-Aubert is a 20 hectare vineyard, owned by the Aubert brothers, famous for St Emilion perennial Parker 90+ pointer superstar La Couspaude. The wine is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

La Revue du Vin du France calls Lagrave-Aubert "a wine to follow."

"A very nice fruity and woody nose and very supple and fresh in the mouth."

Not bad for a wine you can afford to uncork every night if you've a mind to. Cynthia Hurley