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6 July 2015 News

The Wine Advocate published a retrospective on the 2005 vintage in Bordeaux in its June 30th issue. See below for the text of the reviews for Chateau Recougne, Chateau Boutisse, La Serre, La Fleur Petrus, and Chateau Margaux.

Ch Recougne 2005

“One of the best Bordeaux Supérieurs money can buy, this blend of 78% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon has an incredible track record of aging 20 to 30 or more years. The 2005 has a dense ruby/purple color, good acidity, sweet, ripe tannin, impressive concentration and density, and a youthful mouthfeel. This wine could go on for another two decades. It is a sleeper of the vintage.promises to be better in another 5-10 years and last at least 25 or more years.” 89 Points

Chateau Boutisse 2005

“From a relatively large estate of 60 acres stretching across the limestone plateau of St.-Emilion, a nose of currants and black cherries interwoven with spring flowers jumps from the glass of this opaque purple wine. Some light to moderate tannins are still present, but the wine is medium to full-bodied and much more impressive than I remember it earlier in life. This sleeper of the vintage is nicely textured, pure, and capable of lasting another 12-15+ years.” 90 Points

La Serre 2005

“The 2005 La Serre is a delicious, soft, round, fruit-driven wine from proprietor Luc d’Arfeuille. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.” 86 Points

La Fleur Petrus 2005

“Abundant sweet cherry and truffle, new saddle leather and spice box notes are present in this medium to full-bodied, supple-textured, silky Pomerol. It is less concentrated than some of the big boys such as Gazin, Le Gay, L’Evangile and Certan de May, but it is an elegant, finesse style of wine to drink over the next 10-15 years.” 92 Points

Chateau Margaux 2005

“The first-growth 2005 Château Margaux (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot), a lavish fragrance of blackcurrants, velvety new saddle leather, spring flowers and spice soars from the glass. The wood is already totally concealed beneath the cascade of fruit in this medium to full-bodied, pure and majestic wine. This concentrated, dense, but nevertheless strikingly elegant, multi-layered wine has a finish of 45+ seconds. It builds incrementally to a crescendo and finale. This is a stunner that can be approached already, but promises to be better in another 5-10 years and last at least 25 or more years.” 98 Points