2005 Chateau Moulin Haut-Laroque

Year: 2005
Appellation: Fronsac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 87-90
Jeff Leve: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$34.95

"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)

"Smoke, cherry, black raspberry and fennel, soft textures and a round, crowd pleasing finish. This is drinking great today. 5340 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2012" (JL)

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-Laroque 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.

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