2005 Soutard, St-Emilion
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium-bodied and superficial for the vintage, the deep ruby-colored 2005 Soutard offers a pleasant nose of loamy soil, spice, berry fruit, and earth. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied and shallow, with light to moderate tannin and a decent finish. New owners, the insurance group Groupe Le Mondiale, and a new manager, Claire Thomas-Chenard, should result in higher quality from this estate. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red. Black raspberry and nutty oak on the nose. Ripe but not fat, with sound acidity giving this a juicy, penetrating character. A firm, solid, minerally wine with building tannins and good length.
Plum and spice aromas follow through to a full body, with tea and fruit character and chewy tannins. Needs time. Best after 2011.