2005 Chateau Moulin Haut-Laroque 3.0 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Fronsac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 87-90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$219.95

LET ME REMIND YOU THAT ALL IT TAKES IS EIGHT PEOPLE, A HALF BOTTLE CONSUMED EACH, AND YOU HAVE DONE A 3.0L. NOTHING ADORNS A PARTY OR DINNER TABLE LIKE A DOUBLE MAGNUM! ENJOY & GOOD DRINKING

"Fresh and floral, with blackberry, violet and light cedar character. Full and caressing, with a beautiful, silky texture and a long, caressing finish. A lovely young wine. Best after 2010." (WS)

"A stunning offering from one of Fronsac’s most consistent overachievers, this inky/blue/purple-tinged 2005 offers up aromas of black raspberries, crushed rocks, spring flowers, earth, and spice. Superior concentration, medium to full body, beautiful integration of acidity and tannin, and a 30+ second finish result in an impressive Fronsac. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020+" (WA)

"Good medium ruby-red. Spicy black cherry on the very ripe, expressive nose. Sweet and lush in the mouth; not yet showing the personality indicated by the nose, but this offers an excellent combination of layered fruit, ripe tannins and good persistence. Finishes with enticing floral lift." (VM)

A ’05 FRONSAC, THE EQUAL TO A FINE POMEROL! 2005 CHATEAU HAUT-LAROQUE, Appellation Fronsac (Bordeaux)

The right-bank township of Fronsac is only a short distance from the Pomerol area and during the 19th century there reputations were almost equal. Usually Fronsac wines are as full-bodied as a Pomerol and maybe even more tannic-but not with the elegance or with the length of its finish on the palate, and a touch more earthy. However, sometimes, there are exceptions, especially in great years like 2005, from a select few of Fronsacs Chateaus of which this Haut-Lqroque is a prime example. Blind, I would certainly have guessed it as one of the better wines of Pomerol or graves part of St. Emilion and selling about double its discounted price of $34.95. I can do know better then quote Robert Parker from the last of his four reviews of this wine where he gave it a 92 and said, “A stunning offering from one of Fronsac’s most consistent overachievers, this inky/blue/purple-tinged 2005 offers up aromas of black raspberries, crushed rocks, spring flowers, earth, and spice. Superior concentration, medium to full body, beautiful integration of acidity and tannin, and a 30+ second finish result in an impressive Fronsac. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020+.”

RATING: 92/93
PRICE: $34.95
WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide To Wine Bargains)