2005 Chateau Haut Marbuzet 6.0 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Saint-Estephe
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 93
Jeff Leve: 90
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"Shows intense aromas of blackberry, currant and spices. Full and rich, with a slightly earthy and funky undertone, but I like the decadence and richness. The tannins are polished. Best after 2013. 30,000 cases made. –JS " (WS)

"Proprietor Henri Duboscq made a delicious, sexy style of St.-Estèphe in 2005. Dark plum/ruby/purple, with notes of smoky oak, espresso, medium body and lots of fruit, it is a relatively lush, heady style of St.-Estèphe that is far more seductive and accessible than most wines of this appellation in 2005. Drink it over the next decade." (WA)

"(13.4% alcohol) Good saturated red-ruby. Deep, ripe, expressive aromas of black raspberry, coffee, mocha, menthol, black olive and chocolate truffle. Sweet, seamless and lush, offering excellent volume in the mouth and considerable early sex appeal. This boasts the exotic character of Haut-Marbuzet in spades. Sweet, long, large-scaled wine with fine-grained tannins arriving very late." (VM)

"Aromas of milk chocolate, walnut shell and currants follow through to a full body, with soft, velvety tannins and a chewy finish. Serious depth of fruit here. Better in 2015 but so enticing now." (JS)

"Medium/full bodied withsoft, round textures and a perfume filled with coffee bean, black raspberry, wild strawberry, plum and spice, the wine is already drinking well. This will probably be at its best over the next decade as it does not seem to have the stuffing to make it to old age. 90 points - Tasted May 15, 2012 " (JL)