2005 La Dauphine, Fronsac (Pre-Arrival)
90 points Robert Parker: "It’s amazing how good this wine has become since the property was sold by the Jean-Pierre Moueix firm to Jean Halley. The outstanding, sexy, full-bodied 2005 is a 5,000-case blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. With beautiful purity, symmetry, and power as well as elegance, it is a fresh, full, soft Fronsac with sensational concentration and depth. It can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years." (04/08) According to the Wine Spectator: "Aromas and flavors of cherry and milk chocolate. Soft and easygoing, with a medium-to-full body and clean fruit. Best after 2008." (Web only, 2008) 90% merlot, 10% cab franc. Very spicy nose that follows to palate. Decant it.