2005 Soutard, St-Emilion

SKU #1040979 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium-bodied and superficial for the vintage, the deep ruby-colored 2005 Soutard offers a pleasant nose of loamy soil, spice, berry fruit, and earth. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied and shallow, with light to moderate tannin and a decent finish. New owners, the insurance group Groupe Le Mondiale, and a new manager, Claire Thomas-Chenard, should result in higher quality from this estate. (RP)  (4/2008)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Black raspberry and nutty oak on the nose. Ripe but not fat, with sound acidity giving this a juicy, penetrating character. A firm, solid, minerally wine with building tannins and good length.  (5/2007)

Wine Spectator

 Plum and spice aromas follow through to a full body, with tea and fruit character and chewy tannins. Needs time. Best after 2011.  (6/2008)

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion