2005 E. Guigal "La Mouline" Côte-Rôtie
100 points Robert Parker: "Similar to the powerful 1988, the inky/purple-colored, dense 2005 Cote Rotie La Mouline offers a stunning perfume of espresso roast, licorice, pepper, blackberries, and black cherries intermixed with hints of chocolate and spring flowers. Powerful, super-concentrated, and ruggedly-constructed with a boatload of tannin, this is a wine to forget for 4-5 years, and drink over the following 25-30. It is the densest, most tannic vintage of La Mouline since 1988."-WA #182, Apr 2009. 99 points Wine Spectator: "Extremely dense, with Turkish coffee and bittersweet cocoa notes leading the way for a huge core of macerated plum and currant fruit, warm fig reduction and hoisin sauce notes. The long, graphite- and toast-driven finish sails on and on. Best from 2012 through 2030."-WS Web Only. 94-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Potent, deep dark berry and kirsch aromas are complemented by pipe tobacco, anise and sexy oak spices. A strong floral quality develops with air and carries onto the palate, adding complexity to the deep blackberry and cassis flavors. The most powerful rendition of La Mouline I've ever tasted, with velvety tannins adding finishing grip. This is one for the cellar."-IWC Jan/Feb 2009.