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 Vintage2005(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2009 vintage.)
ProducerDominique Laurent
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationVieilles Vignes
VineyardClos du Roy
SubRegionCôte de Nuits

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2015 (based on 6 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 25 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/31/2015: Earthy nose with leather. A noticeable band aid taste on opening, followed by a spitzy acidity make this not such a pleasant wine to drink. (324 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/14/2014: Sappy fruit, earth and wood, with high levels of acidity and an unpleasant spritziness. This bottle was likely in decline. (466 views)
 Tasted by gzim on 7/14/2014 & rated 92 points: I think this drinks above its pedigree. Beautiful earth with a touch of pine, and a great dark cherry core. one of my favorite QPR's (736 views)
 Tasted by sunalsorises on 10/25/2011 flawed bottle: Another bad bottle. (2267 views)
 Tasted by khmark7 on 5/28/2011 flawed bottle: All four of my bottles from PC were heat damaged, with the corks completely stained red, and the wines all oxidized. (2411 views)
 Tasted by khmark7 on 5/10/2011: I initially noticed that the cork was heavily stained all around, and upon opening this smells like it's corked. Maybe this is the first cooked and corked bottle of wine I've opened? Purchased from PremierCru BTW. Upon tasting it's very earthy and really rather pleasant on the palate, not completely closed as one might expect. As the wine opens up it's developing a funky side and I'm torn between this being corked or just clashing with my salmon. So in conclusion I have no f'in idea what's going on with this wine... (2324 views)
 Tasted by plitton on 4/8/2011 & rated 92 points: A regal burgundy that is earthy, terroir driven. A vinturi decant opened it up measurably. The is a tremendous medium-bodied burgundy that is just entering it's drinking window. Decant for a couple hours now or hold. Excellent QPR. (2569 views)
 Tasted by sunalsorises on 2/10/2011 flawed bottle: Bad again. I knew the bottle was in trouble when the cork popped out without any type of sound. (1549 views)
 Tasted by sunalsorises on 2/10/2011 flawed bottle: Every single bottle of these was cooked. I hope the other D Laurents are in better shape. (2270 views)
 Tasted by sunalsorises on 2/3/2011 & rated 85 points: Cork was bad. Funky nose. 4th straight bad bottle. (1486 views)
 Tasted by sunalsorises on 12/15/2010 & rated 87 points: Third straight bottle with cork in bad shape. Entire shipment must have been heat damaged. Very fruit forward like a CA PN. Drinkable especially after the funk blew off. Just get a sense that I am drinking morphed wine. (1565 views)
 Tasted by sunalsorises on 10/21/2010 & rated 87 points: Again cork was in bad shape. Red fruit not much depth. Could be an off bottle. Much better than previous bottle. (1712 views)
 Tasted by sunalsorises on 10/7/2010 flawed bottle: Cork was in bad shape. Drank about a third of the bottle and was decent towards the end. Maybe it will be a bit better after 24 hours. (1742 views)
 Tasted by WDK on 7/7/2010 & rated 90 points: Dark color with flavors of black fruit and a long tannic finish. (1836 views)
 Tasted by Rollerball on 3/27/2010 & rated 86 points: Like an unwilling plaster wall for the first couple hours. Next time I'd decant. Once it opens up, it offers pleasant urine and steaming mole* smells with a pure, scooped palate of spoiled well water and blackberries. Pretty good!

*the spicy chocolate mexican sauce. not the little burrowing mammal, skin spot, or spy. (1989 views)
 Tasted by cobbpa on 2/25/2010 & rated 90 points: Blind Pinots w/Dinner & Charcuterie (Wilmette, IL): Tasted blind, but knew a Burg was involved--correctly called it out!
Nose presents first red fruits, some dark fruits, and many scents that form together to remind me of an oven roast--meat, toasty herbs, etc. Some faint florals too. Fragrant & interesting. When tasting, this has an acidity that is slightly meaty and is prominent throughout; really gives it a good structure. Rich dark & red fruits wrap around that acidic core and at the finish are met by mild tannins, a touch of brown spice, and some baking herbs. Medium length finish. 89-90 (2224 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 2/25/2010 & rated 91 points: Blind Pinots, cheeses, and charcuterie (my place): nose: beautiful and captivating nose of herbs, dark red cherries, spice tones, hi-toned red florals and bits of fresh picked strawberries. Has a real lovely and feminine style to it

taste: very good medium feel with noticeable medium/high acidity and tannins along with balanced tones of strawberries, hi-toned red florals, herbs, and bits of dark red cherries

overall: I was very happy with this when it was revealed. I had been given this as a gift and it was great. This seemed to have a bit of a nebbiolo type characteristic to it in how it was perfumed. This had recieved a 2 hour or so decant and was still showing young. This could certainly use another 2 or 3 years to fully balance out. A stunning wine for the appellation (2218 views)
 Tasted by plitton on 12/18/2009 & rated 90 points: Great QPR. A little on the heavy side for Burgundy--a cross between RRV and Cotes de Nuits. But quite enjoyable when expectations are managed. It lacks some dimension. (2334 views)
 Tasted by mwagner7700 on 12/6/2009: Purchased 'en premier' for $17. Dark ruby in color with a hint of violet on the edges. Overwhelming nose of barnyard and earth. There is definitely terrior here. Behind the earthy notes lies subtle aromas of blackberry, boisenberry and ripe cherry. The crisp acidity (it's boarderline effervescent) make this an excellent food wine, and the tannins can stand up to a steak. (I served porterhouses for dinner). This could use a little time for the tannins and acidity to settle down, but this is a very enjoyable wine. The fruit with the barnyard notes really make this a complex wine. And I like the fact that there is very little oak here. Outstanding (1993 views)
 Tasted by Brad L on 9/23/2009: I'm almost embarrassed to admit drinking a D Laurent here, but I have found his lesser cuvees to actually be free of oak (gotta do something with all those leftover barrels, I guess)...my issues with this wine were its insane density. It was almost more like a CNpape or burlier. Part of that was vintage, but this went into another league, really extracted.

I just pulled the bottle out of the fridge to take another taste. I drank none of it last night. There is more oak on this than I could get last night; it is showing itself a lot more clearly. It's quite complex with darker tone pinot fruit, and a decent amount of tannin and pucker. Closer to a Dehlinger than a Burgundy. Not for me, don't know what I was thinking here. (2068 views)
 Tasted by WDK on 4/19/2009 & rated 92 points: Beautiful wine, best QPR ever. (2166 views)
 Tasted by gzim on 3/14/2009 & rated 90 points: I think the wine is getting a bit bigger, but it does not seem to be shutting down, just taking a little longer to open up. There is plenty of crisp acidity to keep the sappy dark fruits in balance. Finish has a touch of pine resin and a light bit of wood. (2240 views)
 Tasted by gzim on 1/2/2009 & rated 92 points: Showed as good as the first. Opened and poured a glass about an hour before serving. I really like this wine. It shows a very nice balance with red berries some wood, and I believe the stems show thru to add some verve. It has a very nice feminine finish which had great presence and mouthfeel. (2287 views)
 Tasted by WDK on 12/17/2008 & rated 91 points: Dark color with flavors of ripe cherry. Nice finish, good balance. (2262 views)
 Tasted by gzim on 11/18/2008 & rated 92 points: I will give the benefit of believing I did not give this bottle enough time to come around, based on the hour I did follow it, and its improvement.
Very nice sappy red fruits, very little oak (from many others comments I expected more) with a little earth and a very nice evergreen finish.
The mouth feel of this wine is very nice and silky with a lot of mineral. The acids are probably what I liked most about this wine - which gave the wine a crisper aspect, and a cleaner finish. It seemed to me like it kept the fruit in line and let the soft evergreen finish come thru.
I think this is the best $15 bottle of wine I have had the pleasure of drinking.
I am looking forward to the second half.

Second night - wine is more sappy with beautifully ripe fruits, still that nice touch of evergreen on the finish, but less acids are found. I really like this wine. (2379 views)

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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, March/April 2007, IWC Issue #131
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2005 Dominique Laurent Marsannay Clos du Roy Vieilles Vignes

Laurent: "As I was in search of Marsannay for the Bourgogne N°1 Cuvée, I rediscovered one of the first Bourgogne that ever marked my memory of young apprentice Négociant. It was a marvellous 78. Although the Appellation « 1er cru » is still, here, but a prospect, I acknowledge the Wine this dignity, without changing the price, yes, you read me well !!! This Clos du Roy is sumptuous, as often the Northern Wines in a Great Year. The colour is opaque, but no harsh tannin can be detected. Nothing but dark fruit and peony flower on taffeta. If you miss such a bargain, it will really not be my fault !

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

Vieilles Vignes

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Les vins de Bourgogne (Bureau interprofessionnel des vins de Bourgogne) (and in English)
Burgundy - The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Cote d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Cote de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Cote de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Cote Chalonnaise and the Maconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Cote d'Or. Also included by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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