The 2005 Domaine de L’A is a superb effort from Stéphane and Christine Derenoncourt. Still wonderfully deep and fleshy, the 2005 will drink well for another decade. Inky dark fruit, lavender, spice, leather and licorice as this sumptuous Côtes de Castillon shows off its many charms. The 2005 is just gorgeous.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2030
Robert Parker 91
A fabulous sleeper of the vintage from the home estate of winemaking consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, this blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by sumptuous aromas of coffee, blackberries, cassis, smoke, and earth. Seriously-endowed, opulent, and full-bodied, this hedonistic 2005 should drink beautifully for 10-12 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020