About Chateau Livran 2005 Medoc, Cru Bourgeois
Chateau Livran has more than 700 years of history in the Médoc region. Woods and vines surround an immense 3000m² building, harmoniously built over the centuries. It all started in 1280, with the brothers Arnaud and Béraud de Goth who were treasurers to the kings of France and England. Arnaud's son, Bertrand would be better known as Pope Clement V.
It is designated Cru Bourgeois and the wines benefit from the excellent Médoc terroir made up of clay-limestone soil along with the influence of a maritime climate, which gives the vines regular water nutrition, encouraging good grape ripening. Because of the clay in the soil Merlot is the primary grape and its natural trait of early ripening means the wines take on a supple, rounded quality that offers great appeal but with a backbone from Cabernet that gives it long ageability.
This wine from the monumental 2005 vintage is 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc aged 12 months in oak. It shows the character of a maturity that only a properly aged Bordeaux can acheive; Dried cherry, mushrooms, leather, cedar, roasted nuts and woodsmoke. A rare find.