Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 93+
"Proprietor Eric Prissette has fashioned a sensational 2005 with the assistance of consultant Stephane Derenoncourt. It boasts a deep purple color as well as a perfume of charcoal, smoked herbs, crushed rocks, blackberries, ripe cherries, and espresso beans. This full-bodied, formidably endowed St.-Emilion possesses high tannin, abundant extract, superb texture, and admirable purity. A beauty, it may be the finest Rol Valentin made to date. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+."
Wine Spectator (WS): 95