This wine is nowhere near ready. Decanted for an hour and a half, the fruit is still buried under the earth and the nuance is still coiled up tight. I'm going to try it again today, but I have a feeling I opened this about five years too early.
At first a touch lightweight, gains weight with air. No oak in the way of a clear Beaune signature of soft, dark fruit, sweet earth. Cocoa and fresh plum notes show Bressandes / north side of Beaune well. Unfortunately, though, some brett shows on the nose and the palate is very compressed by brett with the fruit hidden and the finish clipped and rough. Could have been a great bottle w/o the brett.
Ripe, juicy cherry and berry flavors collide in another predictably good '05. This is only the second 1er cru '05 I've opened and it definitely needs some breathing space, even though it shows the customary ripeness and depth right off the bat. With about an hour this becomes round and generous, a ripe little joy ride with a persistently attractive finish.
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