95 points Robert Parker: " As usual, the 2005 Branaire-Ducru is one of the more distinctive wines of St.-Julien. Proprietor Patrick Maroteaux has turned out another classic. While not as opulent or fleshy as the 2003, and it remains to be seen if it will eclipse the 2000, the 2005 is a big, structured, intensely rich effort with raspberry, blueberry, and spring flower garden characteristics, stunning purity, full-bodied power, and good underlying acidity as well as harmony. The hard tannins suggest 8-9 years of cellaring will be beneficial; it should last for three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+." (04/08) 95 points Wine Enthusiast and a Top Wine of the Year: "This is opulent, but with restraint. The fruit is rich, black and delicious. Touches of spice and wood are present, lending complexity to the ripe fruits and balanced tannins. Impressive." 92 points Wine Spectator: "Very floral, showing blueberry, licorice and mineral on the nose. Full and very silky, with beautifully polished tannins. Long and caressing. This is always very well done and good value for the quality. Best after 2010." (03/08) K&L's barrel tasting notes - Lovely sweet cranberry aromas that follow to the palate. Great upfront palate impression. Good richness. Solid wine with tons of fruit. Could be a value. *1/2 (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)
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