As usual, La Gomerie’s 2005 is a sexy, dense plum/purple-tinged effort. From a 7-acre, 32-year old site planted with 100% Merlot, it exhibits a sumptuous bouquet of white chocolate, roasted coffee, blackberries, black cherries, graphite, and toasty oak. This is a modern-styled, decadently rich St.-Emilion, but because of the vintage’s higher acidity and more tannic structure, this offering possesses a more classic framework than usual. A sensational wine, it should be drinkable in 3-4 years, and age beautifully for 15-20.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
From a tiny (under 7 acres) vineyard planted with 32-year-old, 100% Merlot vines, La Gomerie is one of the more hedonistic, opulent/flamboyant wines of Bordeaux. Yet it is capable of lasting for 10-15 or more years. The well-known Michel Rolland has been the longtime consultant, and the 2005 ranks alongside the brilliant 2000. It boasts an intense perfume of black cherries, blackberries, roasted coffee, melted licorice, chocolate, and espresso. Full-bodied, dense, and huge, it is clearly a modern-styled St.-Emilion, but because of the vintage’s high acidity and firm tannins, it is more classic than such hedonistic years as 2000 or 1998. This stunner should drink nicely young, yet age for 15 or more years.
|Score: 93/96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
One of the All-Star garage operations, this 100% Merlot cuvee from a 6-acre, 32-year old vineyard is a consistently exotic/flamboyant St.-Emilion that some of the wine world’s reactionaries presumably find too tasty and over-the-top. The deep purple-hued 2005 (1,000 cases produced; 14.5% natural alcohol) may turn out to be La Gomerie’s finest effort to date, and certainly rivals the 2000. It offers an exotic perfume of jammy blackberries, kirsch liqueur, melted licorice, and roasted coffee. Fruit, glycerin, and massive extract conceal a touch of sweet oak, and the wine cascades over the palate with magnificent layers of glycerin and richness. This huge, rich, impeccably well-balanced St.-Emilion possesses remarkable freshness and delineation. It will be irresistible young as it should not close down after bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+.
|Score: 94/96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
|Score: 95||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008|
Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. Sweet and fresh on the nose. Not overdone but the tannins are pretty marked! Could do with just a little more mellifluous fruit. Rather like fermented dried fruit, but quite dramatic. Finish is a tad tarry. Bécot-owned. 14%
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017|
Good ruby-red. Extravagantly ripe aromas of plum, game, smoke, bitter chocolate and musky espresso. Broad, fat and sweet, with a compelling mouthfilling texture. Wonderfully pliant wine, finishing with uncommonly sweet tannins and terrific breadth and length. A great vintage for this property.
|Score: 93||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar|