2005 Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion 3.0 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 92-94--Jeff Leve: 91
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"Very earthy, but blows off. Intense aromas of game, spice, chocolate and dark fruit. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Slightly one-dimensional on the palate, but interesting. Best after 2013. 10,000 cases made.–JS " (WS)

"Exhibiting classic Graves aromas of smoky, volcanic, scorched earth, herbs, chocolate, and black cherries, Larrivet Haut-Brion’s dense ruby/purple-colored 2005 possesses superb depth, and silky yet abundant tannins. It is an excellent effort displaying a provocative bouquet as well as 15 or more years of aging potential." (WA)

"92-94 Barrel sample. There's great fruit here, lovely ripe dark plums and black cherry flavors pushing through the hugely sweet tannins. It's very opulent, a great full-fruited wine." (WE)

"Filled with blackberry, plum, smoke, dark cherry, cocoa and spice, this deep colored, round, soft, tannic beauty asks for a few more years before it really starts to open. 91 points - Tasted Jan 1, 2012" (JL)