94 points Allen Meadows
A ripe, expressive and airy nose that combines both upper and mid-level register fruit notes that include red pinot, black berry and violet notes trimmed in moderate wood spice as well as natural spice notes of clove and anise that can also be found on the round, rich and beautifully balanced big-bodied flavors that are powerful, long and more stylish than usual. This is a terrific Ech that should be capable of at least a decade’s worth of improvement.
93 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
From two parcels abutting Les Suchots, the Rouget 2005 Echezeaux displays scents of dried cranberry, strawberry jam, sweet spices, mint candy, and vanilla and caramel hints of its all new barrels. Richly fruited, with a jellied, toasted and roasted personality and an overtly creamy, fatty feel on the palate, it finishes with a sweet, jellied fruit character, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder, caramel and resin. I much prefer the more oak-resistant, brighter, and more carnal character of the Beaumonts today, but you certainly can’t fault this flattering Echezeaux on its ripeness, richness, or generosity.