2005 La Bienfaisance, St-Emilion (Elsewhere $40-55)

SKU #1065742 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Aromas of kirsch and damp earth show an almost porty ripeness. Rich, broad and full but classically dry; offers impressive volume but comes across as a bit massive and chunky. This cold, north-facing terroir can support a hot year like 2005, notes consulting winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt. Still, I would not describe this as an elegant style. Finishes with building tannins.  (5/2007)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 La Bienfaisance is a rich, concentrated wine with loads of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit along with some earthiness and subtle background oak. It is medium to full-bodied, ripe, and extremely well-made in a progressive, modern St.-Emilion style. (RP)  (6/2015)

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By: Richard Partridge | Review Date: 8/20/2011
Very nice, drinkable now with potential for improvement.

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Bordeaux

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Saint Emilion