90 points Robert Parker: Another top-notch effort from the home property of the brilliant Yves Vatelot, Reignac’s 2005 has a dense ruby/purple color and notes of graphite, black currant, some sweet cherries, and spice box. It is a medium to full-bodied wine with beautiful concentration, decent acidity, and ripe tannin. Despite its humble appellation, this is a very serious wine that is qualitatively up there with some of the better classified growths of the Medoc. It should drink beautifully for 8-10 years. A sleeper of the vintage! (Apr 2008)
Drink 2006-2020. Parker 91-93. Possibly the finest Reignac I have ever tasted from proprietor Yves Vatelot, this superlative blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon is treated like a spoiled child, aged on its lees, and bottled unfiltered. There are over 16,000 cases of this cuvee, which should be uncommonly long-lived for a wine of this pedigree. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by a sweet nose of blackberries, cherries, smoke, and pain grille. Deep, full-bodied, moderately tannic, fresh, and well-delineated, with 14% natural alcohol, it should drink well for 10-12 years.
Excellent, smooth drinking wine. Great blend.
soft and good to drink with cherry aroma
Wine & SpiritsOpaque; blackish purple/ruby. A moderately open nose; ripe black berry aroma is dense and concentrated, with good sap and concentration, yet not very expressive. Nice, though. The palate shows quite a bit more, with more black- and blueberry fruit flavor, dark chocolate, and floral that fills the back of the palate. Very tasty! Good body, some richness, smooth and creamy, yet with some matte tannin astringency, and modest acidity.
International Wine CellarGood full medium ruby. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, tobacco, smoky oak and earth (30% of this wine was fermented in barriques Fat, layered and sweet, with very good depth of blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice flavor. Impressively broad and full-bodied for a Bordeaux Superieur. Finishes with big, ripe, palate-dusting tannins, a kick of black licorice and very good length.
Wine SpectatorRating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/06
Wine AdvocateRating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 164 on Apr-06