La Bienfaisance 2005
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A stunning effort from this property in St.-Christophe des Bardes, this 25-acre vineyard is planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Made in a flamboyant style for the vintage, it reveals a dense purple color along with an expressive, ostentatious nose of sweet cherry liqueur intermixed with creme de cassis, toast, spring flowers, incense, melted licorice, and chocolate. Full-bodied with high but sweet, velvety tannins, it is already approachable, but promises to develop more nuances over the next decade. It should last for 20+ years. Kudos to the proprietor and his wine consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt.
|Score: 92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
A breakthrough effort for this 25-acre vineyard in St.-Christophe des Bardes, this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc boasts the talented Stephane Derenoncourt as its consultant. The dense ruby/purple hue is accompanied by aromas and flavors of sweet cherries, cassis, pain grille, and spice. Full-bodied with moderately high but sweet, well-integrated tannin, this beauty should age effortlessly for 15 or more years.
|Score: 91/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
As are many 2005s, this is the finest wine yet produced at this property. La Bienfaisance’s clay and limestone soils have resulted in a black/purple-colored effort displaying superb aromas of melted licorice, espresso roast, black fruits, and spice. Rich and pure, with good acidity, plenty of definition, and a heady, layered, powerful mouthfeel as well as texture, it will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring, and drink well for 15-20 years.
|Score: 92/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
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