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2005 Pommard Les Grands Epenots - Girardin, Vincent 75 IB 1 0 425 -
2005 Romanee St Vivant - Leroy 75 IB 0 1 - 2100
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 didnt 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 why change the recipe? 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 des Chenes (Collection Bellenum) - Maison Roche de Bellene 75 IB 1 0 395 -
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 Vieilles Vignes - Potel, Nicolas 75 IB 0 6 - 21
2005 Volnay Vielle Vignes, Jeroboam - Potel, Nicolas 300 IB 0 2 - 125
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. Theres no denying this wines 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? This is more my type of wine 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 familys 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. I try to avoid much extraction, he says, and in a year like 2005, its easy to extract too much. 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 Clos des Reas - Gros, Michel 75 DP 0 4 - 80
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 familys 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. I try to avoid much extraction, he says, and in a year like 2005, its easy to extract too much. 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:  -
2005 Vosne Romanee La Combe Brulee - Clavelier, Bruno 75 DP 1 0 600 -
2005 Vougeot Les Petits Vougeots - Fourrier 75 DP 0 3 - 95
 
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