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2005 Nuits St Georges Les St Georges - Le Moine, Lucien 75 IB 0 2 - 90
2005 Nuits St Georges Les St Georges ( oc 6-packs ) - Gouges, Henri 75 DP 2 0 1320 -
2005

Pommard Clos des Epeneaux - Comte Armand

75 IB 1 0 950 -
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 Epeneaux ( owc 6-pack ) - Comte Armand

75 IB 0 6 - 80
Tasting Notes for Pommard Clos des Epeneaux ( owc 6-pack ) - 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 Epeneaux, Magnums ( owc 3-pack ) - Comte Armand 150 IB 0 3 - 171
2005 Richebourg - Gros, A-F 75 IB 1 0 3950 -
2005 Richebourg - DRC 75 IB 0 1 - 1250
2005

Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes - Rousseau, Armand

75 IB 0 1 - 250
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 de la Barre - Jadot, Louis 75 DP 0 6 - 32
2005 Volnay Clos de la Barre - Jadot, Louis 75 DP 0 5 - 32
2005 Volnay Les Brouillards - Montille, Hubert de 75 IB 0 1 - 42
2005

Volnay Les Caillerets Clos 60 Ouvrees, Magnums - Pousse d'Or

150 IB 1 0 650 -
Tasting Notes for Volnay Les Caillerets Clos 60 Ouvrees, Magnums - Pousse d'Or, 2005:
The 2005 Volnay Caillerets Clos des 60 Ouvrees (like the Clos d’Audinac and Clos de la Bousse d’Or, a monopole) features the oldest vines in the estate’s Volnay holdings, more than half of them planted in the mid fifties. Black cherry, purple plum, pistachio, ginger, and cumin inform the nose. On the palate this offers old vines creaminess, flattering glycerin, and yet also a persistently bright freshness of black fruits. A deep, lingering, faintly caramel-inflected bitter-sweetness, spice, and chalk further testifies to the concentration in this wine, which surpasses the Bousse d’Or in structure and gives it a hard run for its money in the charm department. Check on this in 8-10 years but then figure on another decade of improvement in the cellar. Also recommended: 2005 Volnay Caillerets In the decade since the ambitious and conscientious Patrick Landanger (who just bought an estate in the Douro, whence he was headed the Sunday we met) purchased Pousse d’Or, he has expanded the holdings to include parcels in Corton and Puligny Caillerets, and made huge investments in the vineyards and cellar. Not surprisingly given nature’s role, the 2005s — which he called unproblematic in every respect — look to set new quality standards for his tenure. Landanger says he was very sparing with punch-downs this year and entirely eschews pump-overs because he never pumps (and thus doesn’t filter either). The wines had just been bottled, and a couple of them appeared to be laboring under the effects of this (or at least of the sulfur administered beforehand). Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007
Parker Points: 94
Drinking Period:  -
2005 Vosne Romanee Aux Malconsorts - Dujac 75 IB 0 1 - 335
2005

Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes - Meo Camuzet

75 DP 0 3 - 145
Tasting Notes for Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes - Meo Camuzet, 2005:
The 2005 Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes displays some of the most bitterly-concentrated of vintage-typical black fruits, along with notes of game on the nose. Firm but ripe and rich in the mouth, with cassis, elderberry and beet root accented by salty, stony minerality and savory soy and meat juice character, this finishes with striking length, but will need a decade in the cellar, I suspect, becoming silky and more generous. Between the effects of drought and of localized hail (in May, before it could effect quality) Jean-Nicolas Meo reported one of his smallest-ever harvests. His production, however, is being boosted these days by a range of negociant wines under the label ŔMeo-Camuzet Frere et Soeurő (marked ŔF&Ső in the listing above). The top wines had been assembled in tank and sulfured in preparation for bottling, and were suffering a bit on account of this. Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007
Parker Points: 92-93
Drinking Period:  -
2005

Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes - Meo Camuzet

75 DP 0 1 - 155
Tasting Notes for Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes - Meo Camuzet, 2005:
The 2005 Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes displays some of the most bitterly-concentrated of vintage-typical black fruits, along with notes of game on the nose. Firm but ripe and rich in the mouth, with cassis, elderberry and beet root accented by salty, stony minerality and savory soy and meat juice character, this finishes with striking length, but will need a decade in the cellar, I suspect, becoming silky and more generous. Between the effects of drought and of localized hail (in May, before it could effect quality) Jean-Nicolas Meo reported one of his smallest-ever harvests. His production, however, is being boosted these days by a range of negociant wines under the label ŔMeo-Camuzet Frere et Soeurő (marked ŔF&Ső in the listing above). The top wines had been assembled in tank and sulfured in preparation for bottling, and were suffering a bit on account of this. Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007
Parker Points: 92-93
Drinking Period:  -
2005

Vosne Romanee Les Malconsorts - Cathiard, Sylvain

75 IB 0 4 - 375
Tasting Notes for Vosne Romanee Les Malconsorts - Cathiard, Sylvain, 2005:
Smoked meat, ginger and cinnamon-tinged plum, cassis, and black raspberry, and brown spices mark the nose of Cathiard’s 2005 Vosne-Romanee Les Malconsorts, another of the wines that display cut and clarity of flavor along with an imposingly polished, creamy texture. The new wood introduces torrefactive, caramelized suggestions, but the wine maintains its shape and brightness right through its impressive, meat- and mineral-inflected finish. Abundant tannis are harbored deep within, make no mistake, and this should be set aside for at least 8-10 years. Ultimately, I would certainly expect it to surpass the Murgers in stature. Beginning next year — in consequence of the sale of Thomas-Moillard properties to Dujac and de Montille, a portion of which Cathiard rented — his production of Malconsorts will plummet to the level of the late 1980s, reflecting only the small parcel of this great site that he owns Wine Advocate # 171 Jun 2007
Parker Points: 92-93
Drinking Period:  -
2005 Vosne Romanee Les Malconsorts Christiane - Montille, Hubert de 75 IB 0 1 - 525
 
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