2005 Chateau Margaux 6.0 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 100
Wine Advocate: 98+
Vinous Media: 98
Wine Enthusiast: 97-99
Red Wine
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"Dark purple black in color. Complex aromas of mineral, licorice, lead pencil and blackberry follow through to a full body, with ultrafine tannins and a caressing, pretty finish. Has a lovely texture. Shows elegance and refinement. Best after 2012." (WS)

"The 2005 Mouton Rothschild (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc) has a sensational nose of crème de cassis and incense as well as a touch of lead pencil shavings and forest floor. Dense purple, this is one of the biggest, richest wines I tasted from the Médoc. It is full-bodied, pure, and impressively endowed. Certainly the selection process and the vineyard have come through in admirable form. This wine has a certain accessibility due to the sweetness of the tannin, but it is multidimensional, with a majestic mouthfeel and length. Drink it over the next 30+ years. " (WA)

"Graphite, scorched earth, tar, licorice, incense and a host of dark fleshed stone fruits emerge from the 2005 Mouton-Rothschild. Here the overall impression is of pure verticality and structure. Dense, powerful and super-concentrated on the palate, the 2005 is another wine that is just beginning to gradually enter the early part of what looks like a long plateau of fabulous drinking. The tannins have softened, but the flavors remain quite vibrant. Readers who appreciate more layers of nuance should cellar the 2005 for at least a few more years." (VM)

"Just starting to open now and giving a hint of its greatness. Sweet tobacco, mocha and dark berries on the nose. Graphite and tar. Full and very polished with pretty wood and fruit. Long and silky. Goes on for minutes. Better in 2013, but so sexy now. SAQ Website/Find the wine" (JS)

"If 2005 was a rich year, Mouton reaches the heights of richness. Almost too rich, too New World, but you have to be impressed by the aromatic intensity of the black fruits, the dense, firm tannins, and the superripe black juice and licorice flavors. The wood is still too overpowering and needs time to settle in. -R.V. (6/1/2008) " (WE)