An excellent wine from Bernard Magrez and his brilliant back-up oenologist Michel Rolland, the 2005 Les Grands Chênes is a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine displays loads of supple tannin and notes of blackcurrants, coffee and forest floor. Medium-bodied, concentrated, and delicious, this over-achiever is capable of lasting at least another decade. A sleeper of the vintage. Drink: 2015 - 2025
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015|
A major sleeper of the vintage, the 2005 Les Grands-Chenes reveals aromas of chocolate, cassis, smoke, herbs, and meat, followed by a full-bodied, well-endowed, impressively constituted wine with sweet tannin as well as loads of character and personality. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years
|Score: 91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
Under the guidance of proprietor Bernard Magrez, Les Grands Chenes has been fashioning impressively made Medocs over recent years. This 25-acre property is planted with 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2005 possesses a dense, chocolate, smoky, cassis character, full body, a serious, well-endowed palate, good purity, ripe tannin, and a classic, long finish. A sleeper of the vintage, it will be ready to drink in 2-3 years, and should keep for 12-15 years.
|Score: 88/90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
Robert Parker scored this wine but space limitations did not allow him to publish tasting notes. He did, however, write about this wine and all the other cru bourgeois that he scored that: "2005 is the finest vintage for these wines since 1982. The range of scores for these wines should give readers an idea of just how consistent this vintage is at this level. Given the style of the vintage, most of these wines should be accessible young yet evolve for a decade or more because of their concentration and tannic structure."
|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
|Score: 90||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008|
Fresh yet ripe nose. A little hint of woodshavings. Supple gluggable fruit though. Pretty well put together. Drink 2009-15
|Score: 15.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006|
Big meaty wine, floral and nice new oak, good depth, classy finish. Drink 2010-18
|Score: 16||Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, April 2006|