2005 Domaine de Saint Préfert "Auguste Favier Réserve" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
*Highly Recommended* A dark and densely packed, with lots of fig, black currant and bittersweet cocoa notes leading the way for blazing minerality and a superracy, graphite-loaded finish. Long, lush and pure, with great grip. Best from 2008 through 2027.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier offers up a dense, peppery bouquet of incense, black currants, and herbs. Full-bodied and rich with good acidity as well as noticeable tannin, it should be drinkable between 2012-2020+.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark purple. Stunning bouquet of dark cherry, cassis, anise and garrigue, picking up fresh flowers and minerals with air. Chewy tannins frame lush dark fruit and licorice flavors, with cracked pepper and espresso notes emerging on the close. Pretty serious stuff, and not for early drinking. 92(+?) points