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Tasting Notes for Nuits St Georges Les St Georges - Gouges, Henri, 2005:
The 2005 Nuits-St.-Georges Les St.-Georges displays a fascinating nose of black cherry, wood smoke, sandalwood, and sea breeze. Rich, deep, charred meat, toasted nut, lightly-cooked black fruit and myriad mineral notes lead to a palate-saturating spread of flavors, finishing vividly bright and above all — with its elements of wet stone, salts, iodine and ore-like if ineffable essences — memorably mineral. Fine-grained in tannin and formidably concentrated, this should be at least a twenty-year wine, revealing plenty of additional nuance along the way. The 2004 version, incidentally, is also serious and worth tracking down and cellaring for a few years
Wine Advocate # 171 Jun 2007
Parker Points: 93
Drinking Period: -
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: -