Concentrated and intense with ripe aromas of red and black fruit and fine oak. Fleshy, powerful and well-balanced and quite persistent across the palate.
This is a stunning showing for Xavier Borie’s estate, one of my highest scoring wines of the entire tasting and vindicating its performance in barrel. It has an incredibly intense nose of black fruits, a touch of pine cones, then dried blood and smoke, but again, brilliant definition with a sense that it is saving itself for later. Astounding definition on the palate, real depth here, ripe blackberry, earthy, a touch of briary, very controlled and refined on the finish. Great length. Majestic. Drink 2020-2040+ Rating: 97-97 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jun 2009)
Ablend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Parker rated 95-
Jancis Robinson's revue
Dark crimson. Savory nose and beautifully balanced with nothing out of line. Restrained and not quite unfurled but utterly convincing. Everything is tucked in there. Classic 2005 – very solid and chewy – but with great fruit buried there too. Jancis Robinson
The blend of the 2005 vintage contains 49% Merlot 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc
Wonderful complex aromas of underbrush, melted liquorice, black fruits and tree bark. Smoothed and polished tannins. Starting to drink now.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Dense ruby/purple and still youthful and exuberant, with oodles of cassis and incense, the 2005 Lafon-Rochet is medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannin and a long finish. Just becoming approachable, this wine should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years.
Our best selling claret. Approachable blackcurrant fruit, a fine balance of tannin. Acidity and fruit in a great vintage.
The Chateau is located partly in the commune of CISSAC adjacent to Pauillac and partly on the plateau of VERTHEUIL contiguous with Saint-Estèphe.
The plantings are 58% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc and these make up the wines to a greater or lesser extent according to the harvest.
A beautiful wine, once again, from this property that has been on a superb qualitative roll for several decades. Dense ruby/purple with notes of graphite, background oak, youthful crème de cassis and blackberry fruit as well as a floral underpinning, it is medium to full-bodied, textured, rich and impressive. Still in a somewhat adolescent stage, it should hit full maturity in another 2-3 years and last at least two decades. Drink 2017-2037.
||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015
Bordeaux that represents reasonably good value in this super-expensive vintage. Deep ruby to the rim, it offers up scents of damp earth, black currants, cherries, liquorice and herbs.
Black fruits and toast aromas. Big and tannic, medium purple in colour with an expressive, youthful nose of liquorice, roasted coffee, ripe plums and slight chocolate . A wine with elegant and smooth drive. Well-layered and complex with flavours being very well integrated.
Coming from the same stable as Leoville las Cases in St Julien, the wine is firmly structured with firm tannins and dark fruit. Rich plum flavours are counterbalanced by solid tannins.
This small estate has been handed down from mother to daughter for 3 generations and is currently tended by Corinne Baudouin who is involved from prunning the vine to the bottling !
Dark purple with aroma of black fruits with touches of dark chocolate, violets and plum - very margaux. Rounded on the palate with fine tannins and satisfying finish!
A blend of 85% Merlot 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec
The second wine of the famous Ch Leoville Lascasse.
On the nose, blackberry, leather with a touch of cloves . The palate is medium-bodied with good fruit extraction, clean with good acidity cutting through bright blackcurrant and cassis fruits with a nice floral, elegant finish with a touch of chestnut. Very fine