Chateau Villars 2005 Fronsac
Thierry Gaudrie had a great success in 2005 at Chateau Villars in Fronsac
ARRIVING FRIDAY, MAY 23.
Grab it while it lasts! Villars is a hot and affordable 2005 Bordeaux, to date the finest vintage that Bordeaux has ever produced, and that is a very sweet combination.
Decanter Magazine - the highly respected British "Wine Journal" said of Villars:
Chateau Villars has about 30 hectares. The soil is the perfect combination of clay and limestone. 73% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon is planted. The wine is aged in 100% oak barrels of which 40% are new. The estate has been in the family for seven generations - 200 years. Time to try this one if you haven't already. Cynthia Hurley
"Of all the non-classic areas of Bordeaux - outside the areas of the Haut Medoc, Pessac-Leognan, Saint Emilion and Pomerol - Fronsac has the most definition, the most personality. The wines have fruit, character and charm and are increasingly well made. A good Fronsac wine will usually cost less than a Medoc Cru Bourgeois or a minor St Emilion grand cru classe and is normally a better wine."
There's something about the terroir in Fronsac which impacts upon the wine in an unique way. Consider what Master of Wine, Clives Coates says about Fronsac in his book, An Encyclopedia of the Wines and Domaines of France:
Bordeaux is not just about the razzle-dazzle celebrity wines: remember Bordeaux actually has wines you can drain without an anxiety attack particularly in those stellar vintages like 2005.
Chateau Villars is a Fronsac wine. Fronsac is a wine region west of St Emilion. The Mouieux family, owners of Petrus in Pomerol (one of the most expensive reds in the world) identified Fronsac early on as a place in which to invest as did Michel Rolland, Bordeaux's most famous wine consultant who is the long time owner of estate, Fontenil.
The 2005 is the best I've ever tasted (and I have bought and owned this wine in many previous vintages). I did not need to shilly-shally about whether or not to import it; it went on the "buy" list immediately.
Thierry Gaudrie, owner with his father of Chateau Villars, is a charismatic, handsome man who, over the past near decade, has ushered his wine into an entirely different echelon than it was before. Yes, Villars has been bringing it lately and the 2005 vintage represents an even larger leap in excellence over its previous performances.
**** Four Stars (out of five). "Reserved on the nose, but lively fruit expression on the palate. Full and unctuous with plentiful ripe tannins. Good length and balance. 2010-2018." This is a remarkable rating for a wine at this price.
The re-emergence of Fronsac - the source for well made, high-value Bordeaux : Haven't heard of Fronsac? Most people haven't, but it is an emerging area like Cotes de Castillon just west of Pomerol. It is a wild and hilly spot and there are more and more estates there who are making very good wine. Chateau Villars is one of them.