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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    10/6/2008, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (NARBONTONS Savigny 1er CAMUS-BRUCHON) 2005 Burgundy

    Dear Friends,

    This set of 2005 red Burgundy is flat-out great - period.

    You can look up the Burghound reviews of the 2006's to get an idea (I don't believe he reviewed the 2005s) or the glowing praise from Claude Kolm, Gilman or others on the 2005 portfolio but all that really matters is what's in the bottle and that puts Camus-Bruchon among the very best of all the 2005's for the tarrif. In a nutshell, wine for wine, this may be the most successful portfolio in 2005 under $50 for every wine - it's that good.

    Most of the wines are from very old vines - they are pure, lovely and deftly expressive of their place with beautiful backbones and a clear message of minerality and site - they are neither too much nor too little - they jump from their vessel with aromatics and flavors that remind us of why 2005 was so magical in the Cote d'Or.

    With quality this good comes demand from many nooks of the world and (as a result) this allocation is miniscule - please limit requests to 3/each.

    This parcel has outstanding provenance - as direct from the source as I could muster:

    2005 Camus-Bruchon Savigny-Les-Beaune "Les Pimentiers" Vielles Vignes
    80-90 year old vines on clay and chalk - very fine and regal style with perfumed, spice-laden aromatics. Excellent.

    2005 Camus-Bruchon Savigny-Les-Beaune "Aux Grands Liards" Vielles Vignes
    90-100 year old vines grown in sand on top of bedrock. The opposite of the Pimentiers - muscular and strapping with smoke and earth tones wrapped around a tornado an an inner core - could age for 20 years.

    2005 Camus-Bruchon Savigny-Les-Beaune "Les Lavieres" 1er
    Opposites attract once again - from the north of the Bois de Noel, this is elegance personified...

    2005 Camus-Bruchon Savigny-Les-Beaune "Narbontons" 1er
    ...and from the south of Mont Battois, this is sheer force of will.

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Seattle, WA


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