100 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Similar to the powerful 1988, the inky/purple-colored, dense 2005 Cote Rotie La Mouline offers a stunning perfume of espresso roast, licorice, pepper, blackberries, and black cherries intermixed with hints of chocolate and spring flowers. Powerful, super-concentrated, and ruggedly-constructed with a boatload of tannin, this is a wine to forget for 4-5 years, and drink over the following 25-30. It is the densest, most tannic vintage of La Mouline since 1988.
99 Points Wine Spectator
Extremely dense, with Turkish coffee and bittersweet cocoa notes leading the way for a huge core of macerated plum and currantfruit, warm fig reduction and hoisin sauce notes. The long, graphite- and toast-driven finish sails on and on. Best from 2012 through 2030.
18.5/20 Jancis Robinson
Heady and burgundian. Subtle and very hedonistic. Lots of fruit and spice and the tannins are not dominant in fact. Very dense and more masculine than most Moulines. They creep up on you! The driest Mouline I can remember. Spicy with strong liquorice notes – very firm.