2005 Dassault, St-Emilion
Dark in color, with gorgeous aromas of dark chocolate and ripe blackberry, raspberry and spices. Full-bodied, with Indian spices, cappuccino and blueberry. The quality of the tannins is lovely. Best after 2012.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An undeniable sleeper of the vintage, this property, owned by a French aircraft manufacturing company, has produced the finest Dassault made to date. The 2005 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with beautiful aromas of blueberries, raspberries, cherries, and licorice. Silky-textured, medium to full-bodied, hedonistic, lush, pure, and long, it is one of the few 2005s that can be drunk now, although it should improve for 10-15 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium red. Very ripe, smoky aromas of black cherry, roasted meat and marzipan: very 2005! Supple, sweet and broad; large-scaled and lush for a wine from this chateau if a tad chunky. Finishes with sweet, dusty tannins and a lingering note of chocolate.