Fresh and still understated in its elegance and depth of taste it is drinking well now and will only become better ion the years to come; layered and complex now the depth of flavor can still evolve with years of maturation
Bottle #3 of 18. PnP, then savored in glass for a couple hours. This is a young, rich, mineral-laden and complete wine. Just finishing up a 99 M Chiarlo Cerequio, this Beaune has more than an uncanny resemblance to the tar notes on the nose, and the full layered silky cherry-packed and deliciously nuanced secondaries of that Barolo. Warm, fresh-baked cherry cobbler, florals, delicious detail-inducing green notes (some whole cluster?), and hints of ripe-fruited varnish (Grandmother's furniture polish on old wood) balance the clear, bright, super focused, clean, detailed and hidden structure underneath it all. And sneaky length to boot. Packed and stacked, yet impressively suave and supremely elegant, this 05 is just starting its run, and will be phenomenal for 20+ years.
Baby Jesus (Bouchard), Yquem, Madeira, Rhys, RM (John V.'s): Wow. Great showing. Seemed to be a WOTN although we did not formally vote. Ruby/purple in color. Ripe cherry fruit on the nose. A bit of sandalwood. Also some dark cherries as well as some cranberries. Delicious. Great texture. Tight complex layering. This is great right now, but better days are ahead as this unwinds. Long finish. Great balance.
Just a beautiful wine. Only needed a few minutes in the glass to open up and show itself. It has balance and interest - there is no rush to drink it, but I will open my next bottle at the first opportunity.
What a great bottle, looks like it is reaching its drinking plateau. Immediately open, great nose of black fruits, an earthy flavor behind. Palate is rich but beautifully balanced, great aromatic personality with some complexity already appearing. Loads of beautifully polished tannins. Finish is vigorous, this should become excellent in a not so distant future but can (should?) absolutely be experienced right now.
What a beautiful wine. Purple in color. Black fruits, floral elements and earth on the nose. Soft, balanced and complex palate of cherry, blueberry, earth, cedar and minerals. No tannin and ready to go, but should hang around for a while and maybe even improve, but delicious at the moment.
Quite different this time from the soft, perfumed bottle a couple of months ago. Still a wonderful, elegant wine that unfolds into a promising, balanced bottle. This drank more like a typical well made 2005, needing a few years to open up a fully developed nose and defined fruit palate. Restrained nose throughout, with woody, cassis and slight raspberry notes, followed by a dark red fruit melange on the palate led by a mild suggestion of the soft, almost sweet dark cherry and strawberry/lingonberry flavors evident in the more developed last bottle. Structured, quick to lose its tannin, and delightful with fowl and especially chèvre.
Dinner at Oscillate Wildly (Oscillate Wildly, Sydney): Served blind. Decanted for 4 hours and apparantly had tightened up quite a bit since opening. It was still quite perfumed with raspberry, rhubarb, violet and some earthy hints. The structure is firm, with the youthful fruit and a good lift of acid providing a little bit of respite, but still feels like this needs plenty of time.
L'enfant Jesus is a somewhat sui generis Beaune. Far above the others, and in special vintages, almost grand cru in its leanings. never as complex as a superior appellation, its hefty price is justified by both its history and its elegance. The 2005 is indeed ready to pour. I decanted half and left half in the bottle. No decant required. This is fresh, soft pinot, with an elegant melange of raspberry, violet, currant and a nice mouth-filing softness that extends through the palate. It should develop more complexity in the next few years. Very terrorir driven and very nice now.
A Mix Grand Cru & Premier Cru Red Burgs Plus a Few More (Edina Country Club, Edina, MN): Dark red color. Slow-O for 1 hour. Drank 2 glasses over 3 hours. This was even better than the bottle we had 3 weeks ago. A wonderful nose that is open and continues to expands over the first 30 minutes. Highly perfumed with minerals, florals, raspberry, and currants - ripe and lovely fruits. The palate is ripe with nice acid, currant, cherry, berry, subtle wood, and a 60+ second finish. My and group #2 WOTN.
Monthly Tasting Group: Cote de Beaune (The Lynn on Bryant, Mpls, MN): Very dark red color. PNP, drank 1+ glass over 90 minutes. The nose starts off with some spicy wood qualities out of the gate, cedarbox, berry, black cherry, dry earth. The nose becomes very fruity and ripe with time in the glass and shows a touh of burnt rubber. The palate is deep and full bodied, very concentrated, lush fruits, berry, cherry, currants, wood, fairly well integrated tannin, and a really long finish. Shows very good promise and is quite enjoyable now with some air. 92(+)pts.
This is really coming into its own, and is drinking beautifully now. I greatly regret drinking so many of my other bottles before they were mature. Medium weight, it is a wine that I like to drink with sushi of all things.
Sight is deep ruby red almost shinny, nose is very high toned bouncy red fruits, cranberry, floral, more tightly wound but jumping out of the glass. Classic 05 purring like a Ferrari in third gear just wanting so badly to really let go..but not quite yet. Stay tuned.
Enjoyed over two nights. Color just beginning to show a hint of age around the rim. This bottle a bit more tight than a bottle six months ago. The flavor profile here is right in my sweet spot, though the nose is a still a bit unforthcoming. I defer to alion's note below for details, as his notes mirror my experience exactly. Exceptionally good.
A completely different wine from a year ago. Drunk in Burgundy glasses cool - c. 16 degrees. Sweet red fruit nose; darker on the palate and some sign of earth / maturity. Complex. Velvet rather than rustic. Finishes long. Fab.
High-toned red fruits with an underlying darker layer. Very fresh for its age. Good soil component on the nose as well. Sleight funk. Palate is awash in red fruits; raspberry, pomegranate, strawberry and cranberry. Beautiful legs. Exceptional balance with true minerality connecting all the dots to the fruit driven delicate finish. Not the best QPR, but a special occasion wine for sure.
This should have a long drinking life ahead of it. It may be moving into a secondary phase. Ripe berries still there, but some secondary Pinot notes emerging. Mouth milling, balanced and just delicious.
Superb bottle that drank well and shows great promise for a long and delicious life. Pure and earthy on the palate. Rich and complex. Finish is a bit short at the moment, but I suspect will improve with cellar time.
Slow-O 2 hours. A nice wine, but nothing memorable at this stage - the fruit is still hiding, making the tannins and acid seem a bit too severe at this point. Let it rest 5 years. If I was scoring this today 87-88. A lot to admire, but you've really got to dig to find it. Wait. Drink thru 2022, score: B+
nose - violet/floral, light wood, sweet berries, beautiful bouquet mouth - mellow, very lightly sweet cherry fruit with good length and considerable dry tannins. delicious on its own. perhaps a touch understated. will it improve with time?
Took a chance and opened two bottles at a dinner party. Bottles aired for a an hour and a half before drinking. Surprisingly ready for pleasure. Great balance and finish. Tannins more muted (a good thing) then you would expect for an 05. Some nice secondary characteristics coming out, which balance nicely with smooth chewy black raspberry flavors. And it improved nicely through the evening as well. A classic Beaune. I'll dig into my case again in a couple of yearsfor another taste. . If you own a few of these you'll be happy to try one. If you only own one or two, you should wait.
DAY 1 - flashes its a dark cracked wheat oak expression at pop and pour. richness of fruit and really showing off its structure today. DAY 2 - really opened up to high-toned dark cherry fruit and a beautiful express of minerality. that high-toned fruit makes me think of nebbiolo. quite the subtle herbal sagebrush note across the nose. palate shows a bit more youthful with a light astringent note on the finish. dark cherry fruit and some tabacco leaf. that herbal presence shows itself on the finish as well. buy.
Medium ruby with some transparency. Initial impression is rather pungent, briary, and reminiscent of Savigny. Medium weight that fleshes out a bit, black fruit and licorice. Approachable now but substantial tannic clout. I liked it but did not love it as much as when I first tasted it 2 years ago.
There is a special wine in here - but needs more time. Wonderful mainly red fruit nose. Little more black fruit and tar, maybe some fresh herb in the mouth with long, full finish - but still some bitterness and not fully integrated yet. Give a couple more years. 91 tonight - but will be more.
really nice. more subtle than many of the other wines opened this evening, but great fruit and some subtle secondary notes. cherry, raspberry, and some green spice, like sage or something... some tobacco, tar, and cola as secondary notes. medium finish with a lovely balanced mouthfeel. subtle tannins that show development potential. will need to buy more.
Burgundy Tasting (Philadelphia): very nice bottle of wine. tough to know the long term trajectory here, but i think it is going to be great. nose shows aromas of cherry, sweet spice, develops some root beer and licorice notes with air. palate shows cherry, cola, and a hint of tar, with med(+) tannins that are already very well integrated at such a young age. medium(+) finish shows a touch of heat, but I think the alcohol won't be as prominent with age. 92++
A Sampling Of Burgundy: Showing very well right now. Possible WOTN. Deep red color. Sweet spice, red and blue fruit, cherries and pepper all framed well in oak. The oak was not at all overpowering and seems well integrated already. Very nice on the palate with a pleasurable blend of sweet and spice. Great tannic structure and a long finish. This outshined the 05 Bouchard Le Corton, which were tasted side by side in the final flight of the night. The Le Corton may be shut down right and may show better in 10-15 years. But right now, on this night, this was the better wine.
Beautiful crystal pomegranate-purple color. Generous, pure nose of red fruit and graham cracker. Chewy red fruit, wood, and roasted notes, perfect balance. Excellent ripeness, almost jammy, without heat or flabbiness. Elegant but powerful, a bit linear now, a few years age should add some complexity.
Third time trying this wine. Intensity remains. However, I think the wine may be on its way to closing down. Last summer when the wine was released, the bouquet of strawberries and rasberries were jumping out of the glass. It was like drinking jello. Last night, the vibrancy has subsided and almost muted with just hints of mulling spices and red fruits. Still a favorite but would not try opening one again for a while. 92+
Certainly not ready now, but all the pieces are here: Very fresh acidity, vibrant red fruit and medium tannins. Should turn into something quite special. Certainly a little awkward and un-integrated now (2008).
Early Look at Mid-Priced 2005 Burgundy: Tasted blind with other 05s. Slightly floral start with powerful black cherry, some oak spice, dark chocolate, espresso. Big, bold black fruit on palate with great density and power. Tannins and acidity are assertive but this has so much of everything, I expect it to be sensational from 2013 for years to come or even decades to come. I was surprised when this was revealed as Bouchard Baby Jesus, and I was quite impressed.
LdC Mid-range 05 Red Burg survey (Gregg's): Group #1, My #1 - Full red color. Bigger tighter black cherry wit hsome black spice, oak, and a hint of earth and tar. Mmmn, lovely earthy black fruit with good acidiity and a long finish. Easily the best l'enfant I've had, though still a baby at this point. 93++ pts.
Lots of potential here. Drinking well already, but you can tell this one is built for the future. Fruit is muted compared to the Beaune de Chateau, but the complexity of this one is apparent even now. $125/btl.
Specs-Houston - Burgundy 2005 (D'Alliance Francaise de Houston): This was my red WOTN. Huge cherry cola and cedar nose. Later I got some meat smell that other tasters mentioned. Our teacher for the night said that Beaune-Grieve should have been a Grand Cru. Great finish! Tasting this wine was a memorable experience.
An Assortment of 2005 Red Burgundy (The Wine Club, San Francisco): The only wine in this series that showed any hint of red fruits on the nose. This accompanied by higher tones and spice imparted by the light wood. Very nice weight and sap without a sense of overextraction. Excellent length and already with incipient complexity. A great Beaune for sure and my favorite wine of the tasting.
Wines from the Old Country (Farpointe Cellar): The nose had raspberry and strawberry jam. It also had some burnt wood and barbecued meat. The palate was smooth, with raspberry, strawberry, and meat flavors. The finish was very good.
Henriot Trade Tasting - Winter 2007 (from memory) -Astonishing richness and exquisite balance sets this beauty apart from most of the uniformly excellent and rich Bouchard Pere et Fils '05s. Very pure ripe black and red fruit. complex earth notes poking through the rich fruit, very well detailed mid-palate and a significantly extended finish suggest enormous potential.