Just showing some early signs of oxidation with aromas and flavours that were just a tad mute. It still had big smoky lift, was sweet, intense and lush but lacked the dimension of the three other DRC Montys.
Just kidding. OK, where to begin analyzing this monumental labyrinth of a wine? To start, it's MASSIVE. There's just so much happening simultaneously, it's almost overwhelming, and it requires an enormous amount of concentration. The finish is so long that it makes a person giddy, you just can't believe how long you continue to taste this wine. There is the signature honey notes of Montrachet, every fruit and flower imaginable in at least some measure, and an occasional and almost imperceptible hint of mint.
The thing that really distinguishes this wine is the massive power is so precise. It's like a laser powerful enough to beam millions of miles into space. Most wines with this much material, with this much strength, are clunky or overwhelming -- especially in their youth. To have this power and precision together, and in youth, is such a rare animal.
Balance is wonderful thing in a wine, but this takes it to another level. By analogy, imagine that most wines are balancing two eggs on a scale -- this wine is balancing two elephants on a scale.
An extraordinary wine I was extremely privileged to taste.
Drinking DRC with Bipin; 5/8/2009-5/9/2009 (Las Vegas, NV): This was paired in a flight with the '06, which was great in its own right, but the '05 was ethereal. It was a big wine with oak, viscosity, creaminess and some brown notes from the botrytis. Bipin told me that they pick the wines late so that they get a little touch of botrytis which really kicks the flavor up a notch.
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(DRC Montrachet) The 2005 DRC Montrachet had a deeper nose with more toast and wood, integrated at the last bar possible. The nose was bigger and had more weight, and a bit of spice was just right. The palate was really long, yet still delicate up front. It squeezed on the back side, however, with lots of minerals exerting themselves alongside citrus juice, twists and pop. There were lots of young, woodsy flavors here. Mark found the ‘06 ‘more delicate yet really closed,’ while the ’05 had more power and was ultimately the better wine. Bipin cooed how ‘the first two are incredible, the acidity is so high. The ’06 is flamboyant, and the ’05 needs time’
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