Robert Parker 92
One of the strongest efforts I have ever tasted from Alain Vauthier, his small St.-Emilion estate, Moulin Saint-Georges, has turned in a gorgeous 2005 with an opaque purple color and a sweet nose of blueberry and black raspberry fruit along with spring flowers. Rich, full-bodied, and still moderately tannic, this is a wonderful sleeper of the vintage and a wine capable of further evolution for at least another 10-15+ years.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030
Tarry nose. Very tough and drying tannins. Lack of fruit on the mid palate. Just like sucking matchsticks. (I’m sure I liked this wine from Alain Vauthier much more when I tasted it en primeur. Just looked. Yes I did – but the Vauthier wines just weren’t doing it for me in Southwold. Group average score 14.5.)
Anticipated maturity: 2013-2015
Good deep red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of currant, licorice and minerals. Broad, fresh and mouthcoating, with a juicy quality to the dark fruit, minerals and sweet oak flavors. Finishes broad, with lovely floral persistence. Not especially complex yet but offers a light touch and excellent energy for the vintage.