This was my first bottle of a half case. Bottle had a high neck fill and a pristine cork. The wine is ruby in color, and was served in Burgundy stemware. The wine was aromatically generous with sous bois, red berries, cinnamon, and licorice notes. Unlike many 2005's this wine has finesse and delicate structure. The tannins are fully integrated with a light dustiness. The acidity is delicate but persistent, allowing the minerality to present when first tasted. This glides into the mid palate with raspberry, cranberry, and strawberry before licorice and minerality cruise into the finish. A lithe but sustained finish.
I enjoyed this wine from the outset, sensing a wine with fine balance and nuanced flavors and aromas. For me this was a classy Burgundy with the balance that is often missing from the cloying fruit bombs of new world wines.
I have been drinking 2005 Premier Cru wines on a more regular basis and I believe these wines are generally in their drinking window. Enjoy or hold as this should age gracefully.
Very youthful in appearance... aromatically very tight and primary with red fruits, intense crushed stones and minerality, minimal barrique notes... on the palate the wine has very high acidity, very firm tannins (for Savigny) and plenty of flesh. Outstanding balance, very good length and intensity, minimal complexity at this stage... wine is full of finesse and texturally quite pleasant (though quite firm), fantastic expression of place. This guy needs time... having been drinking a lot of 07's lately the structure of this wine really surprised me and reminded me just how firm so many 05's are... decanting helped and the structure had softened by day 2 with a bit more complexity... try again in 2-3 years, potentially "outstanding" wine though... today was "excellent."
Cherry and spices on the nose. The palate has ripe fruit, but is not dense, with great acidic structure and a long finish. This is a very elegant wine. All in all, I think this will be long lived and exceptional at maturity. I feel this is well worth the $35 I paid.
This is bright, with fresh cherry and strawberry aromas. Much of the same on the palate, with a strong acidic backbone framing high-toned but somewhat yielding red fruit. Tightly wound, but approachable even at this early stage. This has quite some depth, and even a little pop, and elegance to boot. Also fragrant and perfumed, with real power lurking in the otherwise lithe and lively presentation.
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(Domaine Chandon de Briailles Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Fourneaux) Dark cherry red color with clarity; tight raspberry, raspberry vinegar, dried berry nose; deep, minerally, iron and dried berry palate with medium high acidity; medium finish
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