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2005 Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes Pinot Noir
12/25/2012 - dwood wrote:
70 points
Opened second bottle not corked but tasted like a cheap £7 bottle of wine
totaly shut down no bouquet.
acidic with a reasonable amount of fruit but you would not recognise this as PN. Great dissappointment for xmas day as these wines are £40/bottle
Kept in absolute perfect conditions since 2007 with no evidence of cork failure. This is the risk of buying burgundy!! Ouch!!
  • dwood commented:

    1/3/13, 10:15 AM - Hi, Willarsc

    I agree with you about opening up Burgundy at the right time. This wine was recommended by professionals and the winemaker for drinking up to 2013. I had hoped the second bottle (I only bought two) would be for the future. I prefer the send bell drinking window as the wine takes on much more complexity.
    The variability of quality from Burgundy growers is recognised as being very wide which does I feel make it a risk for the uneducated Burgundy buyer. There is a lot more consistency from the NZ vineyards.

    I do not have a lot of experience of PN but when it is good it I really enjoy. For instance:-
    2003 Simon Bize Aloxe-Corton Le Suchot (see my tasting note).

    My own experience has been when the wine is shut down the bouquet is flat and muted and the palate follows uninspiring with a little fruit. In another 2-3 years the wine can transform its self. However, my bottle was really acidic and the structures very much like a cheap wine. Hopefully other cellar users will have better experience and this was just bad luck on my part.

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