2005 Guigal "Brune et Blonde" Côte-Rôtie
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is the fullest-bodied, most complete and deepest of this quartet. Its dark garnet color is followed by a big, sweet nose of bacon fat, cassis, jammy cherries, and peppery herbs. Full-bodied and lush, it is ideal for drinking over the next 10-12 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red. Intensely perfumed, sexy bouquet of wild strawberry, raspberry, kirsch, Asian spices and potpourri. Suave, silky red berry flavors display liqueur-like depth and are nicely framed by fine-grained tannins. A sneaky note of licorice builds and carries through the long, sweet finish of this precise wine. There are 270,000 bottles of this.
This is dense, with the grip of the vintage, but also admirable polish, which allows the lush raspberry, blackberry and spice notes to glide over the cocoa and mineral underpinning, followed by a long, inviting finish. Drink now through 2019.