La Dominique 2005

SubregionSt Emilion

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Tasting Notes

This is one of the sexy 2005s, a rarity given this slow-evolving vintage that is evolving more like a glacier. Dense ruby/purple, with sweet cassis fruit, black cherries, fruitcake and cedar, this full-bodied wine has a luscious texture. This is a big La Dominique from proprietor Clément Fayat. It can be drunk now, or cellared for another 10-15 years. Drink 2015 - 2030.

Score: 93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

Sexy black cherry/kirsch liqueur-like notes intermixed with plenty of toasty oak, roasted herbs, and meaty scents jump from the glass of this hedonistic, opulent 2005. After some lackluster performances, it is good to see this estate return to form. The wine possesses decent acidity, sweet, velvety tannins, and undeniable sex appeal. Enjoy it over the next 12-15+ years

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

One of my favorite estates has made a strong comeback following some lackluster performances over recent years. The 2005 is the finest La Dominique since the glorious duo of 1989 and 1990. Sweet cassis fruit, a hint of kirsch, loads of sexy, toasty oak, serious ripeness, full body, and an opulent, lush, hedonistic personality suggest La Dominique is running on all cylinders in this vintage. With adequate acidity as well as plush tannin, this seductive Bordeaux can be enjoyed over the next 15+ years.

Score: 90/92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

Rebounding nicely after several so-so efforts, the 2005 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of kirsch, raspberries, blackberries, and a hint of smoky oak. Opulent, fleshy, heady, and full-bodied, it is a wine to enjoy during its first 12-15 years of life.

Score: 89/91Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Score: 89James Suckling,, February 2008

Blackberry and tar character with a full body, velvety tannins and a chocolate and vanilla aftertaste. Caressing

Score: 89/91James Suckling,, March 2006

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, August 2008

More evolved purplish crimson than most. Quite open and fragrant with a few notes of exotic tar, even a hint of overripeness, underneath and very nice freshness and a lovely spread of flavours on the palate. An easy, comfortable drink with a bit of punch and grainy tannins on the finish. A lively expression of 2005 that splits the difference between the styles. Very fresh and palate-cleansing. Well constituted for a long and interesting life. A confident wine that's dry (as opposed to sweet) but not too dry. Zesty but with no shortage of ripeness. Slight tar on the finish. This wine could easily be overlooked on the strength of how relatively inexpressive it is at present on the nose. Masses of tannin. Drink 2014-25

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2006

Deep red. Plum, truffle, leather, coffee and mocha on the nose. Fat, lush and sweet, with the truffley quality carrying through onto the palate. The major tannins reach the incisors. Not exactly an elegant style, but there's plenty of material here.

Score: 88Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Far better than in recent vintages, with a complex nose typical of the Pomerol border (more flowery than spicy, with a special 'iron' touch), velvety texture, ripe tannins, long after-taste. Rich and elegant with great future. Drink from 2013.

Score: 17Michel Bettane, Decanter Magazine, April 2006

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