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2005 Beaune Les Aigrots - Lafarge, Michel 75 IB 1 0 470 -
2005 Beaune Les Theurons - Jadot, Louis 75 IB 1 0 340 -
2005 Bourgogne Rouge - Fornerol, Didier 75 IB 0 6 - 15
2005 Bourgogne Rouge ( oc 6-packs ) - Fornerol, Didier 75 IB 0 6 - 15
2005 Chambertin - Girardin, Vincent 75 IB 2 0 1650 -
2005 Chambertin Clos de Beze - Le Moine, Lucien 75 IB 0 6 - 390
2005 Chambertin Clos de Beze - Le Moine, Lucien 75 IB 0 1 - 390
2005 Chambertin Clos de Beze - Groffier, Robert 75 IB 0 8 - 290
2005 Chambertin Clos de Beze - Drouhin Laroze 75 DP 0 3 - 150
2005

Chambertin Clos de Beze ( owc 6-pack ) - Jadot, Louis

75 IB 0 6 - 305
Tasting Notes for Chambertin Clos de Beze ( owc 6-pack ) - Jadot, Louis, 2005:
Deep black cherry, charred meatiness, rose and licorice give away the identity of Jadot’s 2005 Chambertin Clos de Beze. Firm tannins and mouth-filling but bitter black cherry fruit, along with black licorice, wet stones, smoky black tea and Latakia tobacco feature on the palate, and there is a savage grip in the the finish. This lacks the refinement and elegance of many of the best 2005s from this great site, but bids fair to make up for this in sheer intensity and mysteriously complex depth. Here is a potentially ageless wine that doesn’t merely typify the dark side of 2005, but is a veritable Darth Vader of the vintage. Jacques Lardiere has once again presided over a collection for the most part not intended to flatter in its youth, but rather to achieve an eventual balance of fruit acidity with (in this instance frequently quite prominent) tannin. Prolonged post-fermentative extraction promoted a formidably-structured group of wines, which Lardiere expressed no hurry about bottling. Certain of these — particularly from the Cote de Beaune — displayed a slightly drying finishing astringency or simply an austere lack of charm to match their concentration, traits Lardiere suggested might be traceable to drought stress in those sites. A brief July rain that reached the Cote de Nuits but not the Cote de Beaune was critical, he asserts, and all of Jadot’s vines in the northern Cote were picked before the harvest in the south commenced. Wine Advocate # 171 Jun 2007
Parker Points: 94
Drinking Period:  -
2005 Chambolle Musigny - Barthod, Ghislaine 75 DP 0 8 - 62
2005 Chambolle Musigny ( oc 6-pack ) - Barthod, Ghislaine 75 DP 0 6 - 65
2005 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses - Roumier, Georges 75 IB 0 1 - 1750
2005 Chambolle Musigny Les Baudes - Lignier, Hubert 75 IB 0 1 - 88
2005 Chambolle Musigny Les Sentiers - Truchot-Martin, Domaine 75 IB 0 9 - 490
2005 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge - Gagnard-Delagrange 75 IB 2 0 295 -
2005 Clos de la Roche - Dujac 75 IB 0 4 - 625
2005

Clos de la Roche - Rousseau, Armand

75 DP 0 3 - 325
Tasting Notes for Clos de la Roche - Rousseau, Armand, 2005:
Rousseau’s 2005 Clos de la Roche offers a nose of ripe cherries, cedar and brown spices, a rich and expansive palate, and a sweet, pure, juicy finish of cherry, boysenberry, toasty, crusty pastry, hints of caramel, a whiff of wood smoke and a lick of salt. For purity of fruit and intensity allied to formidable extract and superb, lattice-like structure, it’s hard to beat this wine as a candidate for at least a couple of decades in the cellar, one to check up on in eight or ten years. With Eric Rousseau taking over increasingly from his father Charles, bottling may end up being slightly earlier than in the past, but such routine features as triage exclusively in the vineyards (not the press house), the inclusion of whole clusters and stems, precocious malolactic fermentation (although in 2005 and 2006, at least, Rousseau says he didn’t force this), reliance on older barrels, and an eventual light plaque filtration for all wines remain as before. Given the long-running success of these Pinots in subtly yet insistently conveying the distinct personalities of their sites and standing the test of time, some might well ask Ŕwhy change the recipe?ő while others will wonder whether the wines could be made even better. In any event, nature conspired to hand the new generation a vintage of historic dimensions. Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007
Parker Points: 93
Drinking Period:  -
2005

Clos Vougeot ( oc 6-packs ) - Arnoux, Robert

75 IB 1 0 1450 -
Tasting Notes for Clos Vougeot ( oc 6-packs ) - Arnoux, Robert, 2005:
The Arnoux 2005 Clos de Vougeot offers cedary, resinous, cassis, and blackberry aromas. Beef marrow and sweet black fruits mingle on a relatively firm, broad palate wherein a hint of wood shavings can be detected. The finish stirs interest in and hope for this wine as it is energetic and quite freshly fruited, if (at least as yet) rather coarsely tannic. Certainly one could expect this to need considerable bottle age to reveal its full potential. Also recommended: 2005 Bourgogne (85). Pascal Lachaux (the late Robert Arnoux’s son-in-law, who has been in charge here now for nearly two decades) had just bottled his 2005 collection — vinified in his superb, recently-completed, gravity-fed facilities — when I visited. Lachaux compares the proper watchword of the winemaker in a vintage with Pinot as healthy and naturally-concentrated as in 2005, to that of a chef confronted with a perfect piece of fish: restraint. That also describes the results he has achieved in bottle, although allowance should be made for the possibility that the expression of certain wines was restrained by their recent bottling. Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007
Parker Points: 89
Drinking Period:  -
2005 Cote de Beaune Villages - Jadot, Louis 75 DP 0 7 - 14
2005 Cote de Nuits Villages - Esmonin, Sylvie 75 IB 1 0 275 -
2005 Cotes de Nuits Villages Le Vaucrain - Jadot, Louis 75 IB 1 0 550 -
2005 Echezeaux ( owc 6-packs ) - Potel, Nicolas 75 IB 1 0 1500 -
2005 Gevrey Chambertin - Rousseau, Armand 75 IB 0 6 - 125
2005

Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques - Jadot, Louis

75 DP 1 0 2300 -
Tasting Notes for Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques - Jadot, Louis, 2005:
The Jadot 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.-Jacques smells of black cherry, charred beef, high-toned cherry pit and almond as well as of an alkaline and wet stone minerality. It has density and real grip on the palate, displaying low-toned meatiness and smoky, stony, salty minerality in its long finish. And for all of this wine’s manifest extract and tannin, it displays a flattering creaminess of texture that few of Jadot’s wines possess. Jacques Lardiere has once again presided over a collection for the most part not intended to flatter in its youth, but rather to achieve an eventual balance of fruit acidity with (in this instance frequently quite prominent) tannin. Prolonged post-fermentative extraction promoted a formidably-structured group of wines, which Lardiere expressed no hurry about bottling. Certain of these — particularly from the Cote de Beaune — displayed a slightly drying finishing astringency or simply an austere lack of charm to match their concentration, traits Lardiere suggested might be traceable to drought stress in those sites. A brief July rain that reached the Cote de Nuits but not the Cote de Beaune was critical, he asserts, and all of Jadot’s vines in the northern Cote were picked before the harvest in the south commenced. Wine Advocate # 171 Jun 2007
Parker Points: 93
Drinking Period:  -
2005 Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques - Rion, Patrice 75 DP 1 0 750 -
2005 Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques ( oc 6-pack ) - Drouhin Laroze 75 DP 0 6 - 80
2005 Gevrey Chambertin Les Cazetiers - Vallet Freres 75 DP 0 4 - 30
2005 Gevrey Chambertin Mes Cinq Terroirs - Mortet, Denis 75 IB 0 6 - 100
2005 Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes - Serafin 75 IB 1 0 695 -
2005 Griotte Chambertin - Dugat, Claude 75 DP 0 3 - 650
2005

La Romanee ( owc 6-pack ) - Bouchard Pere et Fils

75 IB 0 6 - 1425
Tasting Notes for La Romanee ( owc 6-pack ) - Bouchard Pere et Fils, 2005:
The Bouchard 2005 Vosne-Romanee Les Suchots displays dark cherry and subtly meaty aromas, along with hints of spice and cocoa powder that seem to typify ripe vintages from this site. Juicy, supple and satisfying on the palate with lots of raw ripe fruit intensity and spice as well as satisfying low-toned richness, this is very fine indeed, if not in a league with the best Suchots of the vintage (and there are numerous stellar examples — including those of a surprisingly large number of negociants now sourcing from this site). Managing director Stephane Follin and cellar master Philippe Prost preside over a remarkable new, gravity-fed winemaking facility capable of handling the fruits of Bouchard’s 130 hectares of vines — Burgundy’s largest estate (with 84 hectares in premier and grand crus alone) — not to mention the enormous range of wine from purchased fruit or wines. Fully 40% of the reds are vinified in open-top fermenters with manual punch-downs (the balance in a battery of roto-fermentors) and the system of traffic control alone that must be in place during crush is hard to imagine. The underground acreage devoted to barriques similarly defies imagination — until one sees it. Prost was very cautious with pigeage this year, but incorporated a significant percentage of whole clusters with stems in many of his better lots. A reputation for improved quality is being built here to which the results of 2005 will certainly contribute. I suspect that a number of the wines I tasted had not recovered from their recent bottling, hence the number of Ŕ+?ős one sees displayed following my scores. Wine Advocate # 171 Jun 2007
Parker Points: 91
Drinking Period:  -
2005 La Romanee, Magnums - Bouchard Pere et Fils 150 IB 1 0 21000 -
2005 Latricieres Chambertin - Drouhin Laroze 75 IB 0 6 - 85
2005 Latricieres Chambertin - Leroy 75 IB 0 1 - 1900
2005 Mazis Chambertin - Le Moine, Lucien 75 IB 0 6 - 300
2005 Morey St Denis Les Chaffots - Lignier, Hubert 75 IB 0 1 - 105
2005 Morey St Denis Les Faconnieres, Magnums ( £450 per 3-oc ) - Lignier Michelot 150 IB 0 3 - 150
2005 Morey St Denis Les Millandes - Beaumont, Domaine des 75 IB 1 0 595 -
2005 Nuits St Georges Clos des Argillieres - Dubois et Fils, R 75 DP 1 0 450 -
2005 Nuits St Georges Les Pruliers - Chevillon, Robert 75 DP 0 6 - 70
2005

Pommard Clos des Epeneaux - Comte Armand

75 IB 0 6 - 86
Tasting Notes for Pommard Clos des Epeneaux - Comte Armand, 2005:
The 2005 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux was still in three lots segregated by age and location of vines when I tasted — each fascinatingly delicious in itself, and the concentration of the old vines portion in itself almost too severe. Fascinating dark berry, carnal and mineral notes mingle in the nose. Low-tone sirloin meatiness, black cherry, cassis, faintly bitter black chocolate, and toasted hickory inform a glycerin-rich, polished, yet firmly structured palate. Notes of licorice, horehound, and mineral salts add complexity to a finish of palate-staining intensity and grip. This superb Pommard should require 5-7 years of cellaring and reward considerably more. Young Benjamin Leroux took over in 1999 from Pascal Marchand (who made this estate’s modern reputation), and the wines have never tasted better, nor more ageworthy. The domaine has also continued to grow — through purchase and rental — beyond their famous 13 acre core property, the Clos des Epeneaux. The wines had never been racked when I tasted them — that will only happen when they are assembled for bottling (unfiltered) — so allowance must be made for slight reduction. Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007
Parker Points: 95
Drinking Period:  -
2005 Pommard Clos des Epenots - Courcel, Domaine de 75 IB 2 0 950 -
2005 Pommard Les Fremiers - Courcel, Domaine de 75 DP 0 6 - 60
2005 Pommard Les Rugiens - Courcel, Domaine de 75 IB 2 0 990 -
2005

Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes - Rousseau, Armand

75 DP 0 3 - 425
Tasting Notes for Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes - Rousseau, Armand, 2005:
The 2005 Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes, from vines averaging fifty years of age in a Rousseau monopole that makes up nearly one third of this entire appellation, offers ripe, fresh black cherry, sweet spices, black tea, high-toned herbal distillates, musky florality, cedar, game, smoked meat and wood smoke on the nose, and a palate of impressive density that revels in fresh fruit juiciness even as it reveals layers of meat and minerals and leaves you salivating and chewing the air long after it has (reluctantly) been spat. This fascinating wine deserves another showing in ten or a dozen years, but should certainly be worthy of more than two decades bottle maturation, indeed I am sure Charles Rousseau would recommend that you not even peek before then. With Eric Rousseau taking over increasingly from his father Charles, bottling may end up being slightly earlier than in the past, but such routine features as triage exclusively in the vineyards (not the press house), the inclusion of whole clusters and stems, precocious malolactic fermentation (although in 2005 and 2006, at least, Rousseau says he didn’t force this), reliance on older barrels, and an eventual light plaque filtration for all wines remain as before. Given the long-running success of these Pinots in subtly yet insistently conveying the distinct personalities of their sites and standing the test of time, some might well ask Ŕwhy change the recipe?ő while others will wonder whether the wines could be made even better. In any event, nature conspired to hand the new generation a vintage of historic dimensions. Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007
Parker Points: 94
Drinking Period:  -
2005 Volnay Clos du Ch des Ducs - Lafarge, Michel 75 IB 1 0 1800 -
2005 Volnay Fremiets - Parent, Francois 75 IB 1 0 495 -
2005 Volnay Les Champans - Montille, Hubert de 75 IB 1 0 895 -
2005 Volnay Les Mitans - Lafarge, Michel 75 DP 0 6 - 105
2005 Volnay Vielle Vignes, Jeroboam - Potel, Nicolas 300 IB 0 2 - 125
2005 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots - Cathiard, Sylvain 75 DP 1 0 3300 -
2005

Vosne Romanee Clos de Chateau - Liger Belair, Domaine du Comte

75 DP 0 1 - 325
Tasting Notes for Vosne Romanee Clos de Chateau - Liger Belair, Domaine du Comte, 2005:
I was not sure what to make of the 2005 Vosne-Romanee Clos du Chateau, which announces itself with notes of fresh strawberry, vanilla barrel notes, and alkaline minerality, exhibits striking cut and red fruit brightness on the palate, but flirts with a slight shrillness, displaying black tea, chalk, metal and alkaline notes along with a hint of the new barrels in its finish. There’s no denying this wine’s penetrating personality and clarity (indeed it seems to dispense with clothing other than new wood). But is it too delicate for its own good ... or is it perhaps perturbed from recent bottling? ŔThis is more my type of wineő than the Colombiere, says Liger-Belair. Young Louis-Michel Liger-Belair — who considers himself a protege of the late Henri Jayer — has ambitious plans, and soon he will incorporate more of the family’s property (over which he only recently began assuming control — this was the last vintage in which wine was delivered to Bouchard on contract) and inaugurate a new negociant side of the business. Malos were very early, which Liger-Belair accepts as routine. He virtually eschews pigeage. ŔI try to avoid much extraction,ő he says, Ŕand in a year like 2005, it’s easy to extract too much.ő But he has no compunction about a ten day cold soak nor about the lavish (100%) application of new barrels, which seemed to me a bit much for these wines. They had been in bottle around three weeks when I tasted, and despite the fact that they were never pumped, they struck me as being somewhat under the influence. Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: Now-2030
2005

Vosne Romanee La Colombiere - Liger Belair, Domaine du Comte

75 DP 0 1 - 275
Tasting Notes for Vosne Romanee La Colombiere - Liger Belair, Domaine du Comte, 2005:
The 2005 Vosne-Romanee Les Colombiere — from 70- to 80-year-old vines in a relatively moisture-retentive site below the Chateau — is possessed of ravishing aromas of strawberry, red currant, black tea, exotic spices, vanilla and wood smoke, offers a striking contrast of creamy texture and bright, tart, red berry and rhubarb fruit on the palate, and finishes with brightness, delicacy and refinement. After so many deep, dark wines of 2005, here is one that is all brightness and light (and indeed quite light in color as well, possibly in part on account of recent sulfuring). Young Louis-Michel Liger-Belair — who considers himself a protege of the late Henri Jayer — has ambitious plans, and soon he will incorporate more of the family’s property (over which he only recently began assuming control — this was the last vintage in which wine was delivered to Bouchard on contract) and inaugurate a new negociant side of the business. Malos were very early, which Liger-Belair accepts as routine. He virtually eschews pigeage. ŔI try to avoid much extraction,ő he says, Ŕand in a year like 2005, it’s easy to extract too much.ő But he has no compunction about a ten day cold soak nor about the lavish (100%) application of new barrels, which seemed to me a bit much for these wines. They had been in bottle around three weeks when I tasted, and despite the fact that they were never pumped, they struck me as being somewhat under the influence. Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007
Parker Points: 90
Drinking Period:  -
 
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