2005 La Grave à Pomerol, Pomerol (3L)
There's pure crushed fruit on the nose, with raspberry, dark chocolate and berry. Full-bodied, with supervelvety tannins and a long, long finish. Has wonderful balance and richness. The best young red ever from this producer. Best after 2012. (JS)
Relatively light, this is fresh, with juicy red plum flavors topped by acidity. The tannins float over the fruit, leaving softness with only light tannins but a good fresh aftertaste.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Stylish and elegant, this 2005 has as much in common with a Cote de Beaune premier cru as it does with a Pomerol. Kirsch, raspberry, seaweed, and loamy soil aromas lead to a medium-bodied, finesse-styled claret possessing sweet tannin, pure fruit, and a sensual personality. It begs to be consumed over the next decade. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Redcurrant, mocha and sexy oak on the nose. Lush, supple and sweet, with red fruit flavors complicated by low-toned game, leather and caramel. This fat wine possesses just enough of an acid/tannin edge to maintain its shape, but I don't find the typical floral notes of this property. This reasonably persistent wine should offer early drinkability. (ST)