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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes
  1. 2005 Croix de Beaucaillou

    1. Drinking in the sweet spot, with an earthy, truffle character, there is sweet, soft, medium bodied, plum and dark cherry note in the soft, finish. Fully mature, there is no reason to age it any longer, but there is no real hurry to drink it either.

      91 points - Tasted
    207 Views Average Selling Price: ($65.94)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  2. 2005 Château Quinault L'Enclos

    1. Ripe, black cherries and espresso in the nose, the wine is soft in texture, with too much oak in the end note as the wine feels a little dry and woody.

      89 points - Tasted
    355 Views Average Selling Price: ($60.42)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  3. 2005 Château Hosanna

    1. Sensuous, silky and smooth, with a wealth of plush fruits, oak and earthy, this sexy wine can be enjoyed now, or if you delay your gratification, you’ll be rewarded with even silkier textures and complexities.

      95 points - Tasted
    189 Views Average Selling Price: ($215.09)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  4. 2005 Château Larcis Ducasse

    1. Deep ruby in color, with blast of fresh, sweet, vibrant, juicy, mouthful , fleshy, supple berries, silky textures and a lively finish that is just getting started. Drink this now, or give it a few more years for additional layers of softness and complexity.

      96 points - Tasted
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  5. 2005 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Straddling the fence between hedonistic and intellectual, the truffle, rose, violet, tobacco and dark plum nose gets you, holds you and makes you take another sniff before you sip. Full bodied, concentrated, silky, smooth and still young, there is still tannin to soften. But there is so much ripe fruit you can drink it today. But if you have patience, give it 5 to 10 more years and you’re going to be taste pure magic.

      96 points - Tasted
    346 Views Average Selling Price: ($240.21)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  6. 2005 Château L'Evangile

    1. Deep in color, with a truffle, black cherry, plum, licorice and earthy nose to get things started. This lush, rich, concentrated, velvet textured has volume, length and density, leaving you with silky, plummy, chocolate sensations long after the wine has left the glass. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

      96 points - Tasted
    290 Views Average Selling Price: ($302.1)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  7. 2005 Château L'Eglise-Clinet

    1. Poke your head into a flower shop filled with roses, walk into the restaurant next door when they are serving their winter, truffle menu, end the meal with the perfect clafoutis with some licorice on the side, and light up an aged Cuban Cigar to accompany the glass of kirsch liqueur you have been waiting for and you have the nose on this wine. The wine is powerful, intense, silky, velvety and incredibly hedonistic. This is pure decadence in a glass. However it's really young and you can easily wait 5 to 10 years before popping a cork. I’ve tasted this wine a fair amount of times, (yes, I know how lucky I am!) and this is the best showing yet.

      100 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château Langoa Barton

    1. Approachable with its medium/full bodied, fresh, red berry charm, the wine is fresh, crisp and bright, finishing with ample tannins amidst the buckets of fresh picked cherries in the finish.

      90 points - Tasted
    275 Views Average Selling Price: ($84.27)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  9. 2005 Château Léoville Barton

    1. Espresso bean, cassis, spice, earth, cedar and tobacco open the nose. With a serious tannic backbone that demands more time in the cellar, give this powerful, structured, masculine wine another 5-10 years to soften and become fun to drink. It’s going to be worth the wait.

      93 points - Tasted
    678 Views Average Selling Price: ($146.28)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  10. 2005 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Leather, smoke, tobacco, cigar box and an array of red and black fruits create the complex nose that pops with little effort. The wine is silky, smooth, ripe, concentrated and opulent, displaying a youthful, pure essence of fruit.

      98 points - Tasted
    248 Views Average Selling Price: ($830.53)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  11. 2005 Alter Ego de Palmer

    1. Fully in its prime, with silky soft, elegant textures, floral and cherry notes and a medium bodied, refined palate feel. 91 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
    215 Views Average Selling Price: ($107.44)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  12. 2005 Château Palmer

    1. The wine pops with an attention seeking nose of truffle, cigar box, licorice, wet earth that are the first thing you notice. I took my first taste and right off the bat, there was no way I was spitting this beauty. I really cannot say if it was the pure silk and velvet, texture, or the wealth of perfectly ripe, sweet fruits that won me over. Frankly, it was so good, I did not care. All I wanted was more wine in my glass. I reached for the bottle and poured it too!

      98 points - Tasted
    335 Views Average Selling Price: ($349.18)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  13. 2005 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Forest floor, leaf, cedar chest, spice, cassis, tobacco and blackberry create the nose. On the palate, the tannins are refined. The wine is starting to soften and offer the right amount of tension balancing ripe fruit and freshness to make this a real treat. If you like your wines young, you can drink this now. But I’m waiting at least another 5 years or more to start opening my bottles.

      95 points - Tasted
    533 Views Average Selling Price: ($122.43)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  14. 2005 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Cigar box, tobacco, cassis, blackberry and wet earth scents pop as soon as the wine hits the glass. The fruit and tannins need more time and air before they can really be coaxed from their deep slumber. On the palate, the wine is powerful, full bodied and concentrated, with refined tannins, plush textures and layers of sweet, ripe, juicy, spicy fruits. If you enjoy young wines for their crisp fruit, you can drink this with a few hours of air, else this very strong wine will be much better, softer and more complex with another 5 more years of age. The wine was produced from a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol.

      96 points - Tasted
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  15. 2005 Clos l'Église (Pomerol)

    1. If you’re in the mood for smoky truffles, licorice and dark plums, you came to the right place. Especially if you're seeking lush, sweet, silky berries, and a touch of oak along with some tannin that remains needing to resolve. The wine is offering great pleasure now and will only get better with a more time in the cellar.

      94 points - Tasted
    175 Views Average Selling Price: ($174.27)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  16. 2005 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux

    1. Soft, smooth and ready for prime time, with its elegant, fresh, cherries, floral and earthy profile.

      90 points - Tasted
    219 Views Average Selling Price: ($184.86)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  17. 2005 Château Suduiraut

    1. Still quite young, decanted 4 hours in advance, this is still young, fresh and lively. Loads of pineapple, apricot, vanilla and honey in the perfume. The wine is unctuous in texture and long in the finish.

      93 points - Tasted
    540 Views Average Selling Price: ($84.78)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  18. 2005 Château Pavie

    1. Truffle, tobacco, earth, espresso, cigar box, and sweet black, blue and red fruit scents are the first thing you notice Powerful, concentrated, tannic, yet balanced, complex, young and fresh. This mineral driven wine is obviously very good, but it’s even more obvious that this is oh, so young. Give it 10 to 15 more years.

      97 points - Tasted
    409 Views Average Selling Price: ($436.46)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  19. 2005 Château Pape Clément

    1. Secondary aromas of smoke, tobacco, wet earth, dark red fruits and lead pencil are already showing. Full bodied, concentrated and rich, the wine is silky, lush and the oak has mostly integrated into the wine, leaving you with sweet, velvety, ripe dark red fruits on the palate.

      94 points - Tasted
    354 Views Average Selling Price: ($191.54)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  20. 2005 Château Troplong Mondot

    1. Inky in color, this is rich, intense, sensuous, luscious, silky and decadent. Packed with layers of velvet drenched plums, black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice and black cherry liqueur, this is only now starting to strut its ample charms. This pure, bottled hedonism and will continue getting better and better for at least another 2 decades.

      98 points - Tasted
    445 Views Average Selling Price: ($260.7)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  21. 2005 Château La Vieille Cure

    1. Open, round, sweet, fresh and still going strong, popped and poured, this is still delivering a sensuous lush wine of pleasure. There is no need for decanting.

      91 points - Tasted
    432 Views Average Selling Price: ($48.67)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  22. 2005 Château Pontet-Canet

    1. Full bodied and intense, this mouth filling, luscious treat is packed with layer after layer of rich, dark, dense, perfectly ripe fruits, soft, refined tannins and the stuffing and structure to age and evolve for decades. You can drink it now, but I’m waiting another 5 years before I start popping corks.

      95 points - Tasted
    1231 Views Average Selling Price: ($165.36)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  23. 2005 Château Haut-Bergey

    1. Displaying a lightness in color, there is a mature, softness to the dark berries, with a perfume of earth, cherries and fresh herbs that feel round and soft in the berry, filled finish. This is not a wine to hold for further aging.

      90 points - Tasted
    436 Views Average Selling Price: ($43.96)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  24. 2005 Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde

    1. The best buy of the vintage is still going strong, with its earthy, plum, licorice and dark cherry nose and its black cherry filled finish. This winner was a whopping $14 on release!

      91 points - Tasted
    132 Views Average Selling Price: ($70.65)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  25. 2005 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

    1. Cedar, truffle, cigar box and lead pencil scents are already coming to the forefront. The wine is powerful, full bodied, concentrated and long, with a richness of character and a seamless, finesse style that make this a delicious treat that will age for decades. Keep your hands of it for another decade, if you can Due to its richness, you can enjoy it young, but there is so much potential here, it's only going to get better and better.

      96 points - Tasted
    497 Views Average Selling Price: ($162.74)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
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