2005 Soleil, St-Emilion
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)
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.
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)
"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.