2005 Puygueraud, Côtes de Francs
92 points and #32 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2008: "Shows lovely black currant, floral and black licorice notes. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a tight bead of fruit and mineral throughout. Long finish. Best after 2009." (03/08) According to Robert Parker: "This Thienpont-owned vineyard was one of the first to make noises from what was a totally unknown appellation - Cotes de Francs. Stephane Derenoncourt is the consultant, which helps explain this beautifully textured, dense purple-colored effort. The bouquet offers up aromas of tobacco leaf, black currants, cherries, charcoal, and a hint of background wood. Drink it over the next 5-7 years." (08/08) And from Stephen Tanzer: "Bright medium ruby. Sexy, ripe aromas of plum, redcurrant, smoke and minerals. Big, plummy and round; unusually rich and ripe for this Cotes de Francs estate. A broad, chocolatey big boy that finishes with substantial but ripe, dusty tannins. Very satisfying." (May/June '08) Clyde loves this wine!