2005 Langoa Barton, 3rd Growth St Julien
2 Cases @ £390 per 12 bot, in bond
1 Case @ £420 per 6 mag, in bond

A stunning 2005 that over-achieves…and some. A lucid garnet colour. There is a sumptuous, almost decadent quality to the nose with notes of raspberry, black plum, mulberry, just a hint of Seville orange marmalade, all with wonderful definition and freshness. The palate is full-bodied with a velutinous entry. An unashamedly seductive Langoa with very fine tannins and a tangible lightness of touch married with immense purity. The middle and finish have an unerring symmetry whilst the finish is about as seamless as Saint Julien can get (actually redolent of a less turbo-charged Leoville Las-Cases.) Moderate length: blackberry, tobacco and a touch of pepper on the finish. A Langoa that I suspect is more for medium- rather than long-term drinking like its sibling. But who cares...delicious! Drink 2012-2030.

95 points, N.Martin, Wine Advocate

2005 La Tour Haut Brion, Pessac Leognan
21 Cases @ £470 per 12 in bond

The final vintage for La Tour Haut-Brion, but what a way to go! Limpid purple opaque hue. The nose is very tight and sulky, but there is masses of fruit concentration: blackberry, raspberry and well-integrated vanillary oak. Just a hint of dark chocolate developing in the glass. Again, very good balance; firm quite solid tannins, very good delineation and freshness. One of the most backward, broody La Tour Haut-Brion's that I have tasted. Certainly a wine with the structure and weight to suggest long-term cellaring with a tannic finish and a dash of black pepper just to give it a kick. Fabulous: a wine for those who like more cerebral, challenging wines.

94-95 points, N.Martin, Wine Advocate

2005 Pape Clement, Pessac-Leognan
30 Cases @ £600 per 6 bot, in bond

Probably the greatest Pape-Clement ever made, the dense purple-colored 2005 (a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits sumptuous notes of smoky scorched earth, graphite, melted licorice, and blackberries. Once past the exquisite perfume, the wine reveals full body, extraordinary concentration, plenty of chocolate, smoke, cassis, and blackberry flavors, and that unmistakable volcanic ash-like earthiness that comes from this appellation. The tannins are slightly sweeter than those found in most northern Medocs, but this is still a backward, large-scaled effort that requires 7-8 years of cellaring. It should last for 30-35 years.

98 points R. Parker, Wine Advocate

Originally scored 96-100pt.  Could this be a candidate for perfection, next time it's tasted? - SQ

2005 Leoville Barton, 2nd Growth St Julien
3 Cases @ £650 per 12 bot, in bond

Again, this is showing a lot of extraction and unresolved new oak on the nose with cassis, blackcurrant, liquorice and a touch of fig. Very ripe supple black fruits, lush and generous, exotic almost with a lithe, toasty finish. Very seductive, but they a wall of tannins hits the back palate, then honeyed tones lingering on the aftertaste. Magnificent – I would love to contrast this against the 2003. Drink 2015-2035.

95 points N.Martin, Wine Advocate


2005 La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol
1 Case @ £825 per 6 bot, in bond
2 Cases @ £1650 per 12 bot, in bond
1 Case @ £1700 per 6 mag, in bond

Served at a mini-vertical at the chateau, the 2005 La Fleur-Petrus has a glorious bouquet with intense red and black fruit, black truffle, dried petals, a touch of cured meat – like popping into a Tuscan delicatessen with the floor sprinkled in sawdust. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and very good weight. It is almost understated on the entry, with a fine thread of acidity. There are notes of spicebox, white pepper and ever a faint hint of red pepper towards the finish that is long and graceful – the kind of wine you really desire to linger in the mouth and choose not to outstay its welcome. Drink 2016-2030.

95 points N.Martin, Wine Advocate

2005 Trotanoy, Pomerol
2 Cases @ £840 per 6 bot, in bond
2 Cases @ £890 per 3 mag, in bond

Complex aromas of sweet black cherries, loamy soil, roasted herbs, coffee, chocolate, and oak dominate the backward, muscular, virile 2005 Trotanoy. Deep ruby/purple to the rim, this broodingly backward, deep Pomerol exhibits admirable intensity, impressive purity, and a long, concentrated finish. Its character is similar to that of the 1998, but with more structure and tannin. I suspect my score will prove to be conservative after a decade of bottle age. Along with Petrus and Lafleur, Trotanoy is the most backward of all the Pomerols. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.

95 points R.Parker, Wine Advocate 

2005 La Conseillante, Pomerol
1 Case @ £1340 per 12 bot, in bond

With the son of the Nicolas family, Valmy, taking over and ratcheting up the selection process as well as the quality, La Conseillante appears poised to challenge its closest neighbor, l’Evangile, as the finest estate on the border of the sector of Pomerol facing Cheval Blanc in St.-Emilion. The 2005 will challenge the extraordinary 2000. Among the truly fabulous wines made here (i.e., 2000, 1990, 1989, 1985, and 1982), its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by an exquisite bouquet of incense, raspberry jam, kirsch, licorice, and hints of black olives as well as flowers. This broadly perfumed Pomerol exhibits sensational purity, sweet tannin, medium to full body, and outstanding elegance and finesse. The fruit is forward and precocious, but there is enough stuffing, structure, and density for the wine to evolve for 20-25 years.

96 points R.Parker, Wine Advocate 

2005 Pape Clement Blanc, Pessac-Leognan
50 Cases @ £540 per 6 bot, in bond

An outstanding combination of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon, this full-bodied, dry white boasts copious quantities of lemon grass, honeysuckle, and apple notes backed up by hints of wood, quince, and nectarines. Concentrated, with admirable acidity, richness, and a more forward style than its neighbors, Laville Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion, this beauty can be enjoyed now and over the next 10-15 years.

96 points R.Parker, Wine Advocate