2005 Chateau Lafleur

Year: 2005
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 100
Wine Advocate: 100
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 100
Jeff Leve: 97
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"Exhibits a complex nose of crushed blackberry, dried flowers and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, with a rich, powerful palate. Tannic and muscular, with great length. Superracy. Builds and goes and goes. So fine and beautiful. Mythic. Best after 2017." (WS)

"This amazing wine puts on a display of fireworks in terms of its aromatics, with a stunning nose of blue and black fruits, forest floor, flowers and earth. Dense purple, full-bodied, rich, moderately tannic and super-concentrated, this is a profound Pomerol that still needs another decade of cellaring. This is possibly the greatest Lafleur of the modern era, rivaling the 1982 and 2000. Forget it for another 5-10 years and drink it over the following quarter-century." (WA)

"($1,895) Saturated, bright ruby-red. Brooding, liqueur-like aromas of blackberry, cassis, smoked meat, licorice and menthol. Compellingly dense, sweet and concentrated, with silky fruit that saturates the entire palate without any excess weight. A very backward, firmly structured wine that offers an uncanny combination of early sweetness and firm but harmonious acidity. The wine's dark fruit and licorice flavors spread out impressively on the back end, which features huge but smooth tannins and terrific length and verve. Wow! This will be long-lived." (VM)

"The nose on this wine is classic. Floral notes of lilacs and violets, citrus fruits, raspberries, and blackberries. On the palate this is full bodied, with incredible power and density. A very impressive silky texture underneath the intense fruit flavors that gives way to an excitingly long, long finish. It’s hard to believe the classic structure in this. Impeccable balance. Don’t touch this for 10 years. Find the wine" (JS)

"Deep, dense ruby colored, the wine offered aromatics of earth, Christmas spice, plums, tobacco, and minerality. In the mouth, the regal, velvet textured wine was loaded with black fruit, licorice, cherries and tastes of clay. Powerful and concentrated, the wine finishes with the essence of ripe, dark stone fruit and earth. 97 points - Tasted Jul 10, 2010" (JL)