2005 Domaine La Barroche "Fiancée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
94 points Wine Spectator. "This has really nice drive, with a racy beam of raspberry and linzer torte pushing through the sweet mocha tinged structrue up front, while pushed by a mouthwatering minerality on the back end. There's a lovely raspberry and black pepper encore on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 550 cases made." 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Smoky raspberry and licorice aromas, with a complex array of garrigue, fresh flowers and spices building with air. Vibrant cherry and dark berry flavors are youthfully gripping and finely etched, becoming more tannic on the palate-staining finish. Very young and more brooding than the Pure; give it some cellar time." (Jan/Feb '08) 91+ points Robert Parker: "...the 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Fiancee exhibits an inky/ruby/purple color as well as an intense black cherry, black currant, smoke, graphite, and chocolate-scented perfume. In the mouth, it is very structured, formidably tannic, and backward. This wine needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years; it should evolve for 15-20." (10/07) 15% abv.