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Two from 2005

By Dave Buchanan
This one has to be short because I have two wine stores to check out for bargains today. Been trying to find some affordable 2005 Bordeaux (if you've been following all the news about the 2005 vintage you know what I mean and we'll talk about that in another post) and recently found two decent wines in my price-restricted range. Interestingly, both of these showed better on the second day but by the third had faded into expensive red-wine vinegar. Chateau La Grande Clotte (Lussac-St. Emilion), $22 at Corks in Montrose but you can find it for $16 over the Internet. Mostly merlot with a bit of cabernet sauvignon. Soft tannins, a little leather and the earthy scent and taste I expect in a Bordeaux. Importer: The Stacole Co., Boca Raton, Fla. Chateau de Terrefort Lescalle, $12 at Park Lane Liquors in Steamboat Springs. A blend of 65 percent merlot, 15 percent cabernet sauvignon and 10 percent each cabernet franc and petit verdot. Dark red with a nose of black and red fruits and a bit of vanilla. A decent wine but not as good as the Grande Clotte. Importer: Sumit Dist. Co., Aurora.