2005 Soleil, Puissieguin St-Emilion

SKU #1153184 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Soleil's 2005 displays a gaudy bouquet of black currant fruit and roasted Provencal herbs, a fat, fleshy texture, decent acidity, and sweet tannin. Consume it over the next 5-6 years. (RP)  (8/ 2008)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, deep red. Wild aromas of black raspberry, mocha and truffle. Lush and sweet if a bit simple, with flavors of sweet raspberry, mocha and truffle. Finishes with plenty of tannic spine, but the tannins arrive late.  (6/ 2008)

Wine Spectator

 Offers gorgeous plum and blackberry character, with hints of flowers. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Shows mineral and fresh flowers as well. Very pretty. Best after 2012. (Web-2008)

K&L Notes

"This lower pedigree wine represents undeniable quality/value rapport in 2005," wrote Robert Parker upon tasting from barrel in April 2006. "This vintage is so deep in quality among the better run, less heralded estates, that these wines should appeal to readers looking for terrific values from Bordeaux. Most of these wines are Merlot-based and will be drinkable young." This wine is made by the team at Canon La Gaffeliere-superb value.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion