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Château Tanaïs Olivier 2005

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A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. A classic white Bordeaux, stylish and versatile with light aromas of lemon, grapefruit and melon complimented by a crisp and medium body. Chateau Olivier have deisgned this wine to drink young but it will also age for up to 10 years.

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Chateau Olivier:
Location: Chateau Olivier is a 220 hectare estate located in the Graves region almost directly south of the city of Bordeaux. Classification: In the 1959 classification of the Graves Region, Chateau Olivier was given the highest ranking for both it's red and white wines. There were only 6 estates that received this ranking for red wines as well as whites. Vineyards: Of the... Read more
Location: Chateau Olivier is a 220 hectare estate located in the Graves region almost directly south of the city of Bordeaux. Classification: In the 1959 classification of the Graves Region, Chateau Olivier was given the highest ranking for both it's red and white wines. There were only 6 estates that received this ranking for red wines as well as whites. Vineyards: Of the 220 hectares at Chateau Olivier, only 50 hectares are planted to grapes. The vineyards at Chateau Olivier are densely planted with 8,000 to 10,000 plants per hectare. The soil is made up of limestone and gravel. The gravel has an unusual mix of quartz, jasper, flint and other minerals. Chateau Olivier has 38 hectares of vineyards growing grapes for red wines. The red wine vineyards are planted with 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. The average age of the grape vines used for making red wines is 25 years. Chateau Olivier has 12 hectares of vineyards devoted to the production of white wines. Within the 12 hectares of white grapes, the vineyard is planted with 55% Semillion, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle. The average age of the grape vines used for making white wines is 40 years. Winemaking: Olivier produces an average of 18,000 cases of red wine and 6,000 cases of white wine. The red wines are produced by Guy Guimberteau while the winemaker for the white wines is Denis Dubourdieu. As is required by local Appellation d'Origine regulations, all the grapes are harvested by hand. A great deal of care is taken to harvest only those clusters where the grapes are healthy and in prime condition. Chateau Olivier uses temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for fermentation of the grape must. Red wines are fermented at 25-30 degrees C. White wines are fermented at 20 degrees C. After the wine is fermented, Chateau Olivier lets it age in barrel for 12 months. This is true for the white wine as well as the red wine. The oak barrels on the estate are replaced at the rate of 1/3 per year. History: Chateau Olivier has a very long history. The first building was constructed in the 11th or 12th century. There are records of the Seigniory of Olivier as far back as 1273. The 'Black Prince' (Prince Noir) lived in Chateau Olivier in the middle of the 14th century. Chateau Olivier passed into the hands of Pierre Pernel, the Baron of Brede, as part of the dowry received when he married Marie de Lasserre in 1663. Marie was the daughter of the Lord of Olivier. Pierre Pernel's only daughter married Jacques de Secondat, the Baron de Montesquieu, and Chateau Olivier had another owner. The Bethmann family bought Chateau Olivier in 1886 and it continues as a family owned property. Jean-Jacques Bethmann and his wife Reine Claude are the current owners. Read less

External Reviews for Château Tanaïs Olivier

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Another excellent vintage for Bordeauxrsquo;s dry whites, which tend to be vastly underrated and exceptionally long-lived (30ndash;40 years in some cases). The 2005s possess crisp acidity as well as serious weight, richness, and texture. Space constraints did not allow full tasting notes, but this is one of the top 2005 dry white Bordeaux wines.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

[Barrel tasting] Lots of apple, mineral and lemon character with vanilla undertones. Full-bodied, with a bright acidity and a long finish. Serious. Well done.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Lemon zest, smoky oak, fig, and buttery tropical fruit characteristics are present in this straightforward, fruit-driven Pessac-Leacute;ognan. Earthy, with good acidity as well as excellent weight and depth, it should be consumed over the next 10ndash;12 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A very ripe white, with mango, honey and vanilla character. Full-bodied, with lots of flavor and a long finish. Will improve with age. Drink now through 2004.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Mild lees scents introduce this supple young wine, showing finesse in its structure, though not much flavor yet. The acidity seems to hold flavors of kumquat and grapefruit, even as the oak suppresses them. This should show more of itself when five to eight years old.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Lemon zest, smoky oak, fig, and buttery tropical fruit characteristics are present in this straightforward, fruit-driven Pessac-Léognan. Earthy, with good acidity as well as excellent weight and depth, it should be consumed over the next 10-12 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

(Barrel tasting) Very fine. Gorgeous floral and berry aromas. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a long, long, silky finish. Almost 92-94.


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A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. A classic white Bordeaux, stylish and versatile with light aromas of lemon, grapefruit and melon complimented by a crisp and medium body. Chateau Olivier have deisgned this wine to drink young but it will also age for up to 10 years.

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