88 points

Château la Bretonnière 2005 Elevé en Fûts de Chêne Red (Premieres Côtes de Blaye)

A dense, solid wine, still showing young fruit flavors, but with the toast from the wood aging there is a touch of burnt wood and spice. There’s great acidity, fresh black currant flavors and some smokiness.

 — R.V.   Published 6/1/2008
86 points

Château la Bretonnière 2005 Red (Premieres Côtes de Blaye)

Soft and fruity, with tobacco and smoke aromas, and fresh, vibrant red fruits, topped with fruit tannins and fresh acidity. There’s the possibility of aging for 2–3 years.

 — R.V.   Published 6/1/2008