Dark purple. Meaty, toasty nose. Polished but a bit sickly and chocolatey. Very dry finish.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
Exhibiting classic Graves aromas of smoky, volcanic, scorched earth, herbs, chocolate, and black cherries, Larrivet Haut-Brion's dense ruby/purple-colored 2005 possesses superb depth, and silky yet abundant tannins. It is an excellent effort displaying a provocative bouquet as well as 15 or more years of aging potential.
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88
Very earthy, but blows off. Intense aromas of game, spice, chocolate and dark fruit. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Slightly one-dimensional on the palate, but interesting.