2005 Burgundy - Ten Years On


Rating for the Vintage

Red Wines: 19.0      White Wines: 16.5


THE  SIZE OF THE CROP
                                      Red           White                Total

Grand Cru                           13214            3692                16906 

Village and Premier Cru            175674           58817               234491                       
                        

Total                              188888           62509               251377
  

A magnificent red wine vintage. This was a dry year, though never particularly hot, save for a heat-wave in May. A hail-storm on 17 July devastated the vines between the villages of Santenay and Chassagne-Montrachet. After a mixed August, and much-needed rain on 6 September, the skies cleared and it became increasingly sunny and warm. The Côte d'Or harvest began in the middle of the month and was all but complete by the week-end of 1st. October.

Now ten years old, the red wines, though many are still rather closed, are well deserving of all the bally-hoo they engendered at the outset. The vintage is consistently good (except naturally in Santenay and Chassagne-Montrachet) from Marsannay to Maranges, as well as proportionately so from grand cru to the humblest generic. Few past vintages come close. Perhaps the nearest is 1999, but that was a very much more generous harvest. The relative shortness of the 2005 crop can be seen in the concentration of the wines. They also have depth, finesse, harmony and the potential to last. But they are not monolithic. What more do you want? Don't start opening the best until 2020 or so.

The notes that follow come in the main from my Ten Year On tasting for the growers which takes place every year in June. While in the USA in March/April I had the opportunity to sample several smaller ranges of wines of this vintage, and my notes on these have been added or incorporated.

My thanks to all concerned, particularly to Tom Black in Nashville, Kevin Hill in Shreveport and the Pittsburgh gang. And of course to Becky and Russell in Bouilland.

WHITE WINES

Optimum Drinking Mark out of 20


Aligoté de Bouzeron, Domaine A & P de Villaine Drink soon 15.0

Still very fresh on the nose. Plenty of fruit. No undue age. Very good.

Mâcon La Roche Vineuse, Les Cras, Domaine Olivier Merlin Drink soon 15.5

Fullish and quite rich on the nose. Ripe, even a little sweet on the palate. But ample and generous and with good grip. Very good.

Pouilly Fuissé, En Carementrant, Bret Brothers Drink soon 15.0

Slightly blunt on the nose. Better on the palate. Good fruit. Decent grip. Good.

Pouilly Fuissé, Les Quarts, Domaine de la Soufrandière Now-2020 16.5

This is rather better than the Carementrant. Ripe, fullish, fresh and balanced. Very good fruit. Positive at the end. Very good plus.

Chablis, Montée de Tonnerre, Domaine Louis Michel Now-2019 16.5

Delicious. Crisp but fullish and concentrated. Very good grip. Lovely fruit. Still plenty of life here.

Chablis, Montmains, Domaine Jean-Claude Bessin Now-2020 16.0

Flowery nose. Fresh and fruity. Good style and depth. Holding up well. Very good.

Chablis, Valmur, Domaine Jean-Claude Bessin Drink soon 14.0

Magnum. More evolved than his Montmains. Decent fruit and style. But slightly anonymous on the follow through.

Montagny, Les Platières, Domaine Stéphane Aladame Drink up 14.0

A little age on the nose. Fresher on the palate. But all the same it needs drinking up.

Montagny, Les Coères, Domaine Stéphane Aladame Past its best 12.0

A little more age on the nose than the Platières. A bit oxidised now.

Savigny-Lès-Beaune, Domaine Jean-Marc et Hughes Pavelot Drink soon 14.5

Fresh but somewhat neutral on the nose. Good balanced fruit. Holding up well. Very good for a simple village example.

Savigny-Lès-Beaune, Aux Vergelesses, Domaine Simon Bize Drink soon 15.5

Ripe, quite rich, stylish and balanced. Good style and plenty of character. Good plus.

Saint-Aubin, Clos de la Chatenière, Domaine Hubert Lamy Now-2020 plus 17.0

Magnum. Ample, peachy, fruity nose. Still fresh. Fullish. Lots of depth. Rich and ample and with very good grip. This will still keep.

Saint-Aubin, En Remilly, Domaine Hubert Lamy Now-2020 16.5

Ripe, fresh. Good depth. Classy fruit. Fruit salady. Fullish on the palate and very long on the finish. Lovely.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Caillerets, Domaine Guy Amiot Drink up 13.5

Evolved colour. Somewhat spicy-sweet, barley-sugar flavoured on the nose. Lacks crispness. Now tired.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chenevottes, Domaine Bernard Moreau Now-2020 17.0

Magnum. Fullish nose. Still quite fresh. This is a good stylish wine. Fullish and with good grip. Especially good for a Chenevottes – which I normally find clumsy

Puligny-Montrachet, Le Champ-Canet, Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot Now-2020 16.5

Fresher and more positive than the Referts. Good energy. Fullish, quite rich. Good grip. Good style. Finishes well.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Combettes, Domaine Leflaive Now-2020 17.0

Magnum. Round, ripe, concentrated, stylish and fresh on the nose. This doesn't quite have the class for 'fine', but it is balanced and positive at the end. Very good indeed.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Pucelles, Domaine Henri Boillot Now-2020 plus 18.0

Concentrated, profound nose. Lots of lovely mature chardonnay fruit here. Very good grip. Classy. Multi-dimensional. Fine plus.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Referts, Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot Drink soon 14.5

A little development so a little neutral on the nose. On the palate quite fresh and juicy at first but then it tails of a bit.

Meursault, Charmes, Maison Louis Jadot Drink soon 14.0

A little evolved on the nose. Not undrinkable, but a bit dry on the finish and sweet-sour in the middle.

Meursault, Charmes, Domaine des Comtes Lafon Now-2020 plus 16.5

Magnum. A touch of reduction on the nose. Fullish, meaty, fully evolved. Plenty of wine here. But it does not have the delicacy of the Roulot.

Meursault, Charmes, Vigne de 1913, Domaine Francois Mikulski Now-2020 plus 17.5

Magnum. Lovely nose. Rich, fullish, elegant and harmonious. Very clean and fresh on the palate. This is impressive. Lovely fruit at the end. No hurry to drink.

Meursault, Charmes, Domaine Roulot Now-2020 plus 18.0

Magnum. Delicate but concentrated and elegant on the nose. Similar on the palate. Lots of lovely wine here. Still fresh. The finish is ample, succulent and harmonious. Lovely.

Meursualt, Clos de la Barre, Domaine des Comtes Lafon Drink soon 14.5

Slightly four-square on the nose with a touch of oak. A bit of evolution. Good fruit though. Quite good plus.

Meursault, Perrières, Domaine Pierre Morey Drink soon 15.5

Just a bit of oxidation on the nose. Ripe and full but fully evolved. Good style and depth but lacks a bit of sparkle. Good plus.

Meursault, Les Tessons, Clos de Mon Plaisir, Domaine Roulot Now-2020 plus 17.0

Magnum. Just a touch of reduction at first. Behind it there is a very lovely wine. Fresh, concentrated and stylish. Long on the palate. Very good indeed.

Meursault, Tête de Murger, Domaine Patrick Javillier Now-2020 16.0

Magnum. A bit more evolution than I had expected, but good class and depth on the nose. Good fruit on the palate. There is concentration and complexity here.

Marsannay, La Charme aux Prètres, Domaine Sylvain Pataille Drink soon 14.0

Magnum. The nose is oaky and quite evolved. But rich, even a little sweet, on the palate. Quite good.

Morey-Saint-Denis, Les Monts Luisants, Domaine Dujac Drink soon 12.5

Magnum. A little oak on the nose. Fresh on the palate but a little sweet-sour. Lacks elegance.

Vougeot, Le Clos Blanc, Monopole, Domaine de la Vougeraie Now-2020 17.5

Good class, depth and freshness on the nose. Ripe, rich, fullish and elegant on the palate. Very finely put together. A lot of class. This is fine.

Nuits Saint Georges, Clos de l'Arlot, Domaine de l'Arlot Now-2020 16.5

Fresh nose. Not too oaky. On the plate this is crisp and elegant and still youthful. Good depth and a fine positive finish.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Bonneau du Martray Now-2020 plus 18.0

Magnum. A little reduction on the nose at first. Better on the palate. Full, rich and concentrated. As a result of the reduction the attack is currently a little four-square, but there is plenty of depth and vigour. Still very youthful. Fine plus.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine des Croix From 2016 17.5

Rich, ample, fresh, full and classy. Plenty of vigour and lots of depth. Very good classy fruit. Still young.

Bâtard-Montrachet, Domaine Vincent Girardin Now-2020 plus 17.5

Ripe, concentrated, perfumed nose. Full and rich, almost over-ripe. Yet fresh all the way through. Fullish. Vigorous.

Fine.

RED WINES

Bourgogne Epineuil, Cuvée Juliette, Domaine Dominique Gruhier Now-2020 14.5

Medium colour. Fresh nose. Medium body. Ripe, juicy and attractive.

Bourgogne, Côte Chalonnaise, La Digoine, Domaine A&P de Villaine Now-2020 plus 15.5

Good colour. Good substance. Still fresh. Medium to medium-full body. Very stylish fruit. Plenty of depth. Long. Delicious.

Givry, Clos Salomon, Domaine du Clos Salomon Drink soon 14.0

Quite fat on the nose. Not the greatest of depth though. On the palate it is a bit dry and astringent. Decent grip but it doesn't sing.

Auxey-Duresses, Premier Cru, Domaine du Comte Armand From 2020 16.0

Full, backward colour. On the nose the wine is still tough, with unresolved tannins. But these are ripe and there is plenty of rich fruit. Fullish body. Almost Pommard-ish. Needs time. Very good.

Chassagne-Montrachet, La Cardeuse, monopole, Domaine Bernard Moreau Drink soon 14.0

This is part of Morgeot. Good colour. Round, fruity nose. Decent style. Medium weight. A touch of astringency on the palate. Reasonable balance. Quite good.

Savigny-Lès-Beaune, La Dominode, Domaine Bruno Clair From 2020 16.0

Very good colour. Profound, backward nose. Still some tannin. Fullish, meaty, lots of depth. Very good grip. Very good quality if a little tough, and it always will be.

Savigny-Lès-Beaune, La Dominode, Domaine Jean-Marc et Hugues Pavelot Now-2020 plus 16.0

Magnum. Good colour. Full, rich, quite masculine. Very good tannins. Ample and multi-dimensional for a Savigny. Lovely finish. This is very good.

Savigny-Lès-Beaune, Les Guettes, Domaine Simon Bize Now-2020 plus 15.5

Magnum. Good colour. Spicy-stemmy nose. Ripe on the palate and richer than on the nose. Medium-full body. Good austerity and depth. Finishes long. Good plus.

Savigny-Lès Beaune, Les Guettes, Domaine Jean-Marc et Hugues Pavelot Now-2020 plus 16.0

Good colour. Plumper and more flowery than the Domionode on the nose. Medium-full body. Rich and intense. Lots of vigour. Again very good.

Beaune, Maison Jaffelin Drink soon 14.0

Medium colour. Not a lot of persinality on the nose, but soft and fruity if a little one-dimensional on the palate. Quite good.

Beaune, Les Bressandes, Domaine des Croix Now-2020 plus 16.0

Medium to medium-full colour. Ripe, succulent nose. Good style and depth. Medium to medium-full body. Lovely fresh fruit. Long. Very good.

Beaune, Les Pertuisots, Domaine des Croix Now-2020 plus 16.0

Good colour. Good beefy nose. Ripe, spicy and meaty on the palate. Medium-full body. Good grip. No lack of weight and interest. Very good.

Beaune, Teurons, Domaine Albert Morot Now-2020 plus 16.0

Good full immature colour. Good rich, meaty nose. Ripe and succulent. Good tannins. Ample. Not the greatest grip or extra dimension on the follow through. But ripe and enjoyable. Now mellow. Very good

Beaune, Teurons, Maison Nicolas Potel Now-2025 17.5

Medium-full colour. Still youthful. Delicious, ripe, fragrant nose. Medium-full body. Very good tannins. This is smooth and classy. Lovely long positive finish. Fine.

Volnay, Les Angles, Domaine Louis Boillot et Fils Now-2020 16.0

Medium colour. Reasonable nose. Plump and fruity. Good depth on the palate. Ample, rich, balanced and stylish. Long. Very good.

Volnay, Caillerets, Ancien Cuvée Carnot, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Now-2020 plus 17.5

Medium-full body. Now just about ready. Mellow and with good intensity. Very Volnay. Fine.

Volnay, Caillerets, Maison Vincent Girardin Now-2025 plus 17.5

Medium-full colour. Still youthful. Very lovely ripe fruit on the nose. Medium-full body. Concentrated and succulent. Finely balanced. Fine.

Volnay, Carelle Sous la Chapelle, Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot Now-2020 14.5

Good colour. A little reduced on the nose. Medium body. Ripe if not the greatest depth or intensity on the palate. Quite rich. But it fades away a bit.

Volany, Champans, Domaine Hubert de Montille Now-2020 plus 17.0

Good colour. Fresh nose. Good stylish fruit. Very Volnay. Medium-full body. Very rich and ripe on the palate. Intense and most enjoyable. Very elegant.

Volnay, Chevret, Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Now to 2020 plus 16.0

Good colour. A little reduced on the nose.at first. Medium to medium-full body. Ripe, round and ample. Good positive follow-through. No lack of style. Very good.

Volnay, Clos des Chênes, Domaine Michel Lafarge From 2020 18.0

Good colour. Firm nose. Still youthful. Fullish body. Concentrated, rich, and, as usual, quite masculine for a Volnay. Lots of depth and very stylish fruit. Still needs to resolve its tannins. Fine plus.

Volnay, Clos des Soixante Ouvrées, Domaine de la Pousse d'Or From 2020 18.0

Medium-full colour. Still youthful. Rich and vigorous on the nose. Lots of fruit here. Full, backward, concentrated and profound. A lovely example.

Volnay, Santenots du Milieu, Domaine des Comtes Lafon From 2020 18.0

Magnum. A bit reduced on the nose at first. Fullish. Vigorous. Rich and intense. Lots of depth. High class fruit here. Long and lovely.

Volnay, Santenots du Milieu, Domaine Francois Mikulski Now-2020 plus 17.0

Magnum. Full, fresh nose. Rich and balanced. Good grip. Fullish body. Ripe, fat and harmonious. This is very good indeed. Fine finish.

Pommard, Clos des Epeneaux, Domaine du Comte Armand From 2020 17.5

Good colour. Rich and profound but a bit ungainly at first. Balanced and stylish nevertheless. Medium-full body. Still youthful. Long and promising. Needs time.

Pommard, Les Grands Epenots, Vieilles Vignes From 2018 17.0 Maison Vincent Girardin

Good youthful colour. Fresh concentrated nose. Very good fruit. Quite substantial but not a blockbuster. Fullish body. The tannins just about absorbed. Very good grip. Classy, plump and plummy. Lots of vigour.

Pommard, Rugiens, Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot Now-2020 plus 17.0

Good colour. Ripe and ample on the nose. Good intensity and depth. Medium-full body. Plenty of wine here. Rich. Very good finish.

Pommard, Rugiens, Domaine Hubert de Montille Now-2020 plus 17.5

Good colour. Rich, ripe fruit on the nose and the attack. Medium-full body. Intense, but for a Pommard essentially soft-centred. Lovely fruit at the end. Fine.

Pommard, Rugiens, Domaine Francois Parent Now-2020 14.0

Good colour. Still shows a touch of now oak on the nose. Medium to medium-full body. Ripe and fruity but a bit four-square. Somewhat ungainly at the end.

Corton, Domaine Bonneau du Martray From 2020 18.0

Magnum. Lovely stylish nose. This is certainly grand cru quality. Fullish, still very vigorous. Rich, ripe, intense and harmonious. Long. Fine plus.

Corton, Clos de Roi, Domaine de la Pousse d'Or From 2018 17.5

Medium-full colour. Some development. Aromatic nose. Stylish fruit. Balanced and complex, quite delicate. Medium-full body. Ripe, round, accessible. Fine.

Corton, Perrières, Maison Vincent Girardin Now-2020 plus 16.0

Medium-full colour. Some maturity. Fragrant, quite supple nose for a Corton. Soft and plump. Medium-full body. Now ready. No great grip or depth, but fresh and charming.

Marsannay, Les Longeroies, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Regis Bouvier Now-2020 14.0

Medium-to medium-full colour. Still fresh. Quite youthful on the nose. A little closed. Medium body. Ripe and fruity. Lacks a little class, and a bit sweet at the end. But good stuff for what it is.

Marsannay, Les Longeroies, Domaine Bruno Clair Now-2020 14.0

Medium-full colour. Clean, fresh and fruity on the nose. And palate. A point. Balanced and stylish. Good for what it is.

Marsannay, L'Ancestrale, Domaine Sylvain Pataille Now-2020 plus 16.0

Magnum. Good colour. Ripe nose with a touch of new wood. Fullish body. Rich, really quite concentrated. Lovely fruit. This is fine for a Marsannay.

Fixin, Les Crais, Domaine Denis Berthaut Drink soon 13.5

Medium-full colour. A little pedestrian on the nose. Better on the palate. Decent fruit if a touch astringent. Medium body. Quite good.

Nuits Saint Georges, Maison Camille Giroud From 2020 15.5

Full, immature colour. Rather tough and tannic on the nose and closed in on the palate. Slightly aggressive on the attack. But rich and vigorous at the end.

Nuits Saint Georges, Aux Boudots, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Jean Tardy et Fils Now-2020 plus 17.5

Good colour. Quite rich on the nose. Good fruit. No undue oak. Medium-full body. Balanced. Good grip. Still youthful. Good dimension and intensity and a fine finish.

Nuits Saint Georges, Clos des Forêts Saint Georges, Domaine de l'Arlot Now-2020 15.0

Medium to medium-full colour. A touch reduced on the nose. Ripe, sweet, stemmy and astringent. Yet fresh. Others liked this more than I did. For me an unexciting and concocted wine.

Nuits Saint Georges, Clos des Grandes Vignes, Monopole From 2017 17.5 Domaine Hubert de Montille

Medium-full colour. A little development. Rich, ripe and quite full on the nose. Becoming accessible. Lovely fruit. Medium-full body. Very good grip. Long, elegant, intense and fine quality.

Nuits Saint Georges, Clos de la Maréchale, Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier From 2019 16.5

Fullish colour. Quite a big, sturdy nose. Yet the fruit is classy. Medium-full body. A little tannin still to soften. Good grip. Yet not the greatest class.

Nuits Saint Georges, Les Porrets Saint Georges, Domaine Gouges From 2020 18.0

Fullish colour. Closed in, youthful nose. Very pure. Lots of depth and dimension. This is very lovely. Full bodied. Rich, vigorous, very ripe tannins. Excellent grip. Very long. Fine plus.

Nuits Saint Georges, Les Pruliers, Domaine Philippe Gavignet Now-2020 plus 16.0

Good colour. Still a bit closed in on the nose. Better on the palate. Ample, rich, medium-full body. Good positive follow through. Very good.

Nuits Saint Georges, Les Pruliers, Domaine Gouges From 2020 17.5

Fullish, youthful colour. Lovely ripe, slightly austere nose and palate. Fullish body. Very good grip. Classy. Youthful. And fine.

Nuits Saint Georges, Les Vignes Rondes, Domaine Daniel Rion Now-2020 15.5

Good colour. Good fruit on the nose, if somewhat one dimensional. Ripe and rich on the palate. Medium-full body. Good depth. Good plus if not the greatest elegance.

Vosne-Romanée, Maison Camille Giroud From 2020 16.0

Full colour. Backward nose. Rich but still tannic. Fullish body. Very good grip; fruit and depth. Needs time. Very good.

Vosne-Romanée, Domaine Jean Grivot From 2020 16.5

Fullish colour. Rich, firm, concentrated, backward nose. Splendid depth for a village wine. Medium-full body. Black fruity. Balanced and really quite profound. Very good plus.

Vosne-Romanée, Aux Réas, Domaine A.F. Gros Now-2020 15.5

Magnum. Medium colour. A bit dull on the nose. But better on the palate. Medium-full body. Decent ripe, balanced fruit. Good positive finish. Good plus.

Vosne-Romanée, Clos du Château, Domaine du Vicomte Liger-Belair Now-2020 plus 16.0

Medium-full colour. Some development. Fragrant and gently oaky on the nose. Stylish and well-balanced on the palate. Medium to medium-full body. Elegant at the end. Very good.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Beaux Monts, Maison Louis Jadot From 2020 18.0

Good colour. The nose is getting mellow. And it is very classy. Medium-full body. Rich and concentrated. Lovely fruit. Lots of depth. Long. Fine plus.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Brulées, Domaine Méo-Camuzet From 2020 18.0

Good full colour. Still very young. A little closed on the nose. But good fruit. More supple than his Chambolle Cras. Full, rich, concentrated on the palate. Rather more flair (than the Cras). Stylish and complex. Lovely finish. Fine plus.

Vosne-Romanée, Aux Brulées, Domaine Michel Gros From 2020 18.0

Good colour. Ripe and rich on the nose. Ample fruit and plenty of dimension. This will still improve. Fullish body. Lots of energy. Splendid long finish. Fine plus.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Brulées, Domaine Perrot-Minot From 2018 17.5

Medium-full colour. A little maturity. Quite a firm nose. Good richness. Good vigour. Medium-full body. Lots of fruit. Good grip and vigour. Just a little tannin to soften. This is classy.

Vosne-Romanée, Cros Parentoux, Domaine Emmanuel Rouget From 2018 18.5

Fullish, youthful colour. Good austere black fruit flavours on the nose. Still closed. Fullish body. Very lovely, really rich concentration of fruit on the palate. Very fine.

Vosne-Romanée, Clos de Réas, Domaine Michel Gros Now-2020 plus 17.5

Softer, riper and sweeter than his Brulées. More evolved. Less profound. Medium-full body. Ripe and balanced and stylish. Positive at the end. Fine.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Malconsorts, Domaine Sylvain Cathiard Père et Fils From 2020 18.5

Full colour. Marvelous nose. Laid-back and harmonious and very intense and potentially silky. Fullish. Rich, vigorous and splendidly elegant. Multi-dimensional. Very classy. Very fine.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Suchots, Domaine Robert Arnoux From 2020 18.0

Full colour. Still rather closed in on the nose. Even a bit reduced at first. Better on the palate. Fullish body. Very good tannins. Lots of concentrated fruit. Splendid vigorous finish. Fine plus.

Vougeot, Les Cras, Domaine de la Vougeraie Now-2020 plus 16.0

Good colour. Ripe, oaky nose. Ample and succulent. Medium to medium-full body. Round and soft with very good grip. Perhaps not the greatest finesse but harmonious and very good quality.

Chambolle-Musigny, Domaine Dujac From 2018 16.0

Medium to medium-full colour. Lovely fragrant nose. No evidence of the stems. Medium weight. Rich, balanced and classy. Very good.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Amoureuses, Domaine J-F Mugnier From 2020 19.0

Good colour. Closed in nose. Rich, full and concentrated. Fullish body. Very lovely, classy, complex fruit. Very long on the palate. Excellent.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Charmes, Domaine Ghislaine Barthod From 2020 18.0

Good colour. Ripe, rich but youthful nose. Medium-full body. Lovely Chambolle fruit. Very good grip. Excellent harmony and lots of style. Fine plus.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Cras, Domaine Ghislaine Barthod From 2020 18.5

Fuller and richer than the Charmes. Lovely fruit. Very fine harmony. Intense. Classy. Lots of energy and very lovely fruit. Very fine.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Cras, Domaine Méo-Camuzet From 2020 17.0

Good youthful colour. Firm, rich nose. A touch of oak. But a touch four-square as well. There is depth underneath, but a slight lack of fragrance. Very good indeed.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Cras, Domaine Georges Roumier From 2020 18.5

Good youthful colour. Very fine concentrated fruit on the nose. Lots of depth and class. Fullish body. Still a little unresolved tannin. But great dimension. Very long and complex and all the fragrance of Chambolle. Very fine.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Feusselottes, Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg From 2020 18.5

Good colour. Fresh nose. Elegant and balanced. Plump and intense. Fullish body. Still a bit closed. Lots of vigour. Rich and classy. Very fine.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Hauts Doix, Domaine Robert Groffier From 2018 18.0

Fullish, youthful colour. Still a little closed in on the nose. A bit tight at first on the palate. Fullish body. Good vigour and depth. Plenty of energy and class. Fine plus.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Hauts Doix, Maison Nicolas Potel From 2018 18.0

Medium to medium-full colour. A little development. Lovely fragrant nose. Very lovely fruit. Very Chambolle. Medium-full body. Vigorous, harmonious and succulent. Very good grip. Long and delicious.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Groseilles, Domaine Digioia-Royer Now-2020 17.5

Good colour. Fresh nose. Elagant and balanced. Ripe, plump, charming and very Chambolle. Soft but intense at the end. Fine.

Morey-Saint-Denis, Domaine Dujac Now-2020 14.0

Medium-full colour. Soft, sweet, stemmy nose. No great concentration here. Medium body. Balanced and elegant, but a bit one-dimensional.

Morey-Saint-Denis, Clos de la Bussière, Domaine Georges Roumier From 2020 17.0

Good fullish colour. Still youthful. Ripe nose, balanced and elegant. Good depth. Medium-full body. Some tannin still to resolve. Good grip and class. Plenty of dimension. Very good indeed.

Morey-Saint-Denis, Les Loups, Domaine des Lambrays From 2017 17.5

Medium to medium-full colour. Just a touch of development. Lots of richness and depth here. Fullish body. Some tannin. Ample and profound and full of fruit. Good intensity. Fine.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Jean et Jean-Louis Trapet Now-2020 plus 16.0

Magnum. Good colour. Ample nose. Lots of fruit. Medium-full body. Fresh, balanced and with plenty of depth for a village wine on the palate.

Gevrey-Chambertin, En Croisette, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Jérôme Galeyrand Now-2020 15.5

Magnum. Good colour. Ample nose. Lots of fruit. On the palate there is a bit of astringency at first. Medium to medium-full body. Ripe. But lacks a bit of grip. Good plus at best.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Mes Favorites, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Alain Burguet From 2020 17.0

Magnum. Very good colour. Ripe, almost sweet on the nose. Very good intensity and surprising class and depth for a village wine. Lots of vigour. This is a great success.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Evocelles, Domaine Louis Boillot et Fils Now-2020 plus 15.5

Medium-full colour. Soft nose. Quite stylish but now quite evolved. Medium-full body. Balanced and ample. Good depth and style for a village wine.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Cazetiers, Domaine Bruno Clair From 2020 18.0

Good colour. Very fine fresh nose. Lovely fruit here. Ripe and elegant. Medium-full body. Splendidly balanced. Classy, vigorous, intense and succulent. Lovely long finish. Fine plus.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Cazetiers, Domaine Philippe Leclerc Now-2020 plus 15.0

fullish, youthful colour. Quite rich, with a touch of mint on the nose. No undue new oak, as in the past. Fullish on the palate. Just a bit of unresolved tannin. Quite fat and rich. But a little bland. It lacks grip. Doesn't excite me. Merely good.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Cazetiers, Domaine Serafin Now-2020 plus 16.5

Good colour. This is still closed. Rich and ample. But on the palate it's almost too subtle. The attack is elegant but quite soft. The follow through is intense enough but it's very good rather than fine.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Combottes, Domaine Dujac From 2018 17.5

Medium-full, youthful colour. Fragrant nose. Quite supple. Medium to medium-full body. Very good grip. Succulent and mellow. Stylish and long on the palate. Fine.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Lavaux Saint-Jacques, Domaine Armand Rousseau From 2018 17.5

Medium-full, youthful colour. Fresh, ripe nose. Good depth and class. Medium-full body. Balanced, vigorous, ripe and rich. Long on the palate. Fine.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Prieur, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Now-2020 plus 16.0

Good colour. Fullsh, meaty, rich and balanced. Good grip. Plenty of energy. Will still improve. Very good.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Saint-Jacques, Domaine Bruno Clair From 2020 19.0

Good colour. Rather more closed on the nose than his Cazetiers. On the palate richer and fatter and more concentrated. This is very lovely. Excellent grip. Multi-dimensional. Splendid.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Saint-Jacques, Domaine Armand Rousseau From 2020 19.5

Good colour. Splendid old-vine concentration on the nose. Really rich. Fullish body. Still very youthful. There is a lot of very fine, very poised wine here. Excellent.

Echézeaux, Domaine Faiveley From 2019 18.0

Medium-full colour. Some development. Classy nose. Lovely fruit. Plenty of personality. Medium-full weight. Fresh and fragrant, and yet soft and persistent. Lovely finish. Fine plus.

Echézeaux, Domaine Grivot From 2020 18.0

Good colour. Lovely nose. Rich and concentrated and very stylish. Fullish body. Intense and very classy on the palate. Lovely fruit. Lots of dimension. Very long and subtle at the end.

Echézeaux, Domaine A.F. Gros Now-2020 plus 16.0

Medium colour. Ripe nose. A little oak. Succulent. Medim-full body. Good grip. Not quite enough depth and concentration. Slightly four-square. But very good, especially at the end.

Echézeaux, Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Now-2020 plus 17.5

Fullish colour. Still youthful. Classy, concentrated, fragrant nose. Balanced and stylish. Fullish body. Lovely fruit. Long and complex without being a blockbuster. Lovely finish. Fine.

Echézeaux, Domaine Daniel Rion Now-2020 plus 15.5

Medium colour. Rather bland on the nose. Not enough grip. And a bit one-dimensional. Lacks real richness and depth. Good plus at best.

Echézeaux, Domaine Jean Tardy et Fils From 2020 16.5

Magnum. Medium to medium-full colour. Just a bit reduced on the nose. Ample and fruity on the palate. Good grip. Medium-full body. Quite rich and stylish. Long at the end. Very good plus.

Grands-Echézeaux, Domaine Joseph Drouhin From 2020 18.5

Good colour. Lovely fruit on the nose. Elegant and very well-balanced. Fullish body. Rich and intense. Splendid vigour on the follow through. Very fine.

Grands-Echézeaux, Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Now-2020 16.0

Medium colour. Quite evolved on nose and palate. Ripe and round, but only medium weight. Succulent and elegant nevertheless, and better than usual. But it lacks grand cru personality.

Clos de Vougeot, Maison Vincent Girardin From 2018 17.5

Very full, immature colour. Firm, backward nose. Full and rich and intense on the palate. Just a bit of tannin. Very good grip. Getting accessible. Lovely finish. Fine.

Clos de Vougeot, Maison Michel Magnien From 2020 17.5

Fullish, immature colour. Quite a chunky nose. Ripe, but quite solid. Medium-full body. Still youthful. Good grip. Some tannin. Good positive finish. Needs time. But fine.

Clos de Vougeot, Domaine Méo-Camuzet From 2020 17.0

Fullish, immature colour. Backward, closed in nose. A touch of oak. Medium-full body. Decent attack, but a slight lack of richness and concentration. Good grip. But merely very good indeed.Clos de Vougeot, Domaine Denis Mortet From 2017 17.5

Fullish colour. Still youthful. Round, rich and oaky on the nose. Underneath quite subtle. Some development. Medium to medium-full body. Ripe and spicy. Good grip. A stylish wine with a lot of charm. More forward than most.

Clos de Vougeot, Domaine Perrot-Minot From 2020 18.0

Fullish, immature colour. The nose is getting round and soft. Rich, ripe and succulent. Medium-full body. Rich and full of fruit. A little tannin. Good grip. This is fine. There is plenty of class here and a lovely finish.

Clos de Vougeot, Domaine Ponsot From 2018 18.0

Fullish, immature colour. Good grip. No oak. Very good fruit on the nose. Even more lovely on the palate. Medium-full body. Rich, concentrated, intense and classy. Lovely.

Clos de Vougeot, Domaine Jean Tardy From 2018 17.0

Fullish colour. Still youthful. Fullish and still quite firm on the nose. Plenty of class and depth. Vigour too. Quite full body. Still some tannin to resolve. A little four-square but very good indeed.

Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Domaine Robert Arnoux From 2020 19.0

Good colour. Rich but backward and very concentrated on the nose. Fullish body. Very fine grip. Lots of depth and concentration on the palate. A very lovely stylish wine. Very long. Excellent.

Bonnes-Mares, Maison Jérôme Galeyrand From 2020 18.0

Magnum. Good colour. Ample, succulent nose. Quite soft now. Fullish body. Rich, ripe and well-balanced. Not a monster but round and of fine quality.

Bonnes-Mares, Maison Frédéric Magnien From 2019 17.5

Fullish colour. Just a touch of maturity. Quite structured on the nose. A little four-square perhaps. Ample and rich and fullish on the palate. Plenty of vigour and depth. Good grip. Fine.

Bonnes-Mares, Domaine G. Roumier From 2020 19.0

Good colour. Closed in on the nose. Still very youthful. But a lot of depth here. Full body. Firm, rich and concentrated. Still a baby. But splendid potential. Excellent fruit and dimension. Very fine indeed.

Bonnes-Mares, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogûé From 2020 18.5

Good colour. Ripe, round nose. Still with a little tannin to resolve. Some oak here too. Full body. Rich and concentrated. Plenty of wine here. Lovely fruit. High quality.

Musigny, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogûé From 2020 19.0

Good colour. Closed in nose. Rich and concentrated and still tannic. Still very young. Full body. A profound wine with excellent depth at the end. Very fine indeed.

Clos des Lambrays, Domaine des Lambrays Now-2020 plus 18.0

Good colour. Soft, ripe, cherry like, perfumed nose, with a touch of flowers. Medium-full body. Lovely fruit. Intense and backward, but not a blockbuster. Long and elegant. Fine plus.

Clos de Tart, Domaine Mommessin From 2020 18.0

Full immature colour. Rich, firm, backward nose. Still some unresolved tannin. Fullish body. Lots of vigour and depth. Very good acidity. This is classy and long on the palate. Fine plus.

Clos de la Roche, Domaine Dujac Now-2020 plus 18.0

Good colour. Lovely nose. Very fine fruit. Poised and elegant. Very ripe. Medium-full body. Round and intense and classy. Lovely follow through. Fine plus.

Clos de la Roche, Maison Joseph Drouhin From 2018 18.0

Medium-full colour. Still youthful. Fragrant, ripe individually spiced nose. Complex and lovely. A medium-full wine of great class. Now getting soft and mellow. The Charmes is more intense but this is fine plus.

Clos de la Roche, Domaine Ponsot From 2019 19.5

Medium-full colour. Now some maturity. Marvelous concentrated black cherry nose. Splendid complexity. Medium-full body. Still just a little tannin to resolve. Great depth and grip. And a brilliant finish. Very fine indeed.

Clos de la Roche, Domaine Armand Rousseau From 2018 18.0

Fullish colour. Still youthful. Soft, rich, opulent nose. Almost sweet. Medium-full body. Lots of intensity and very fresh, balanced fruit. Very long positive finish. Fine plus.

Chapelle-Chambertin, Domaine Ponsot From 2018 18.0

Fullish, youthful colour. Soft, plump, ripe and with very good grip on the nose. Fullish body. Energetic and intense. Lovely classy fruit. Fine plus.

Chapelle-Chambertin, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Now-2020 plus 18.0

Good colour. Rich, plump nose. Classy fruit. Medium-full body. Good grip. Long and concentrated. This is unexpectedly good. Lovely intense finish.

Charmes-Chambertin, Maison Joseph Drouhin From 2017 18.5

Medium-full colour.. Lovely fruit on the nose. Ripe and succulent. Quite accessible. Splendid intensity and class. Medium-full body. Very fresh. Complex and concentrated. Very fine.

Charmes-Chambertin, Maison Vincent Girardin From 2020 17.5

Firm, youthful colour. A little lumpy on both the nose and the palate at first. Full body. Some fruit but only after a while did I get any style and richness. Still young though, and it improved in the glass.

Charmes-Chambertin, Maison Louis Jadot From 2020 18.5

Full, immature colour. Rich, concentrated, high quality nose. A long way from maturity. Splendid fruit. Real depth. Fullish body. Still some tannin. Great class and grip. Very impressive long finish.

Charmes-Chambertin, Domaine Perrot-Minot From 2017 17.5

Good full youthful colour. Soft, fragrant, supple and charming on the nose. Medium-full body. This is ripe, even sweet on the palate. Mellow and balanced. Just about ready. Fine.

Charmes-Chambertin, Domaine Ponsot From 2018 18.5

Good fullish youthful colour. Ripe, balanced, pure and complex on the nose. Medium-full body. Lots of lovely fruit. Fresh and balanced. Lovely finish. Even better than his Clos de Vougeot.

Charmes-Chambertin, Domaine Armand Rousseau From 2017 16.5

Medium-full colour. Some development. Soft, ripe, plump nose. No great depth or complexity but no lack of finesse. Medium to medium-full body. Charming but it lacks real grip and concentration. Very good plus.

Griotte-Chambertin, Domaine Ponsot From 2018 18.0

Fullish, immature colour. Ripe, succulent nose. Medium-full body. Quite delicate and fragrant for a 2005. But lovely balance and very fine grip. Gently persistent. Long. Fine plus.

Latricières-Chambertin, Maison Louis Jadot From 2020 18.5

Full, immature colour. Rich, full, concentrated and tannic on the nose. But with very fine fruit and grip on the palate. Lots of wine here. Lots of energy. This is very fine. Needs time.

Latricières-Chambertin, Domaine Faiveley From 2020 17.5

Full, immaure colour. A big, concentrated, full bodied wine. Quite structured. Still some tannin. Rich and vigorous at the end. A properly meaty example. Needs time. Fine.

Latricières-Chambertin, Maison Frédéric Magnien From 2018 17.5

Medium-full colour. Some sign of maturity. Slightly spicy on the nose. Rich and succulent on the palate. Very good grip. Medium-full body. Long finish. Fine.

Latricières-Chambertin, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Now-2020 plus 17.5

Good colour. Slightly more rustic than their Chapelle. Ample and rich on the palate. Good grip. Fullish body and good vigour. Fine but not as classy.

Mazis-Chambertin, Domaine Faiveley From 2018 18.0

Medium-full colour. Still youthful. Full, rich, ripe and concentrated on the nose. On the palate ripe and succulent. Lots of vigour. Fullish and intense. Long and profound. Fine plus.

Mazis-Chambertin, Domaine J.M. Guillon From 2017 15.0

Full, youthful colour. A little rustic on the nose and palate. Rather astringent too. Medium-full body. Short and a bit four square. Merely good.

Mazis-Chambertin, Domaine Newman Now-2020 16.5

Medium-full colour. A little maturity now. Spicy and sweet, but with good plump fruit on the nose. Medium to medium-full body. The attack is smooth and the fruit is ripe and mellow, but it tails away a bit at the end.

Ruchottes-Chambertin, Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Now-2020 plus 18.5

Magnum. Fullish colour. Still a bit closed on the nose. Very lovely fruit on the palate. Gently oaky. Ripe and harmonious and very stylish. Medium-full body. Very lovely. Very fine.

Ruchottes-Chambertin, Clos des Ruchottes, Domaine Armand Rousseau From 2019 18.0

Fullish, youthful colour. Fragrant nose. Ripe and rich, but nicely austere and with very good grip. Fullish body. Cool and self-contained. Fine plus.

Chambertin, Clos de Bèze, Domaine Faiveley From 2020 19.0

Very full, youthful colour. Brilliant nose. Rich and concentrated, profound and vigorous. Fullish body. Still some tannin. Lots of depth. Delicious.

Chambertin, Clos de Bèze, Domaine Louis Jadot From 2018 17.0

Medium-full colour. Still youthful. Ample, plump nose showing good fruit, but a slight lack of energy. Medium-full body. A little four-square. I was rather disappointed when I heard what this was, and I'd like to see it again. It's usually one of the top wines of the Côte d'Or.

Chambertin, Clos de Béze, Maison Christophe Perrot-Minot From 2020 18.0

Fullish, youthful colour. On the nose this is rather closed in. At first it didn't sing, but it improved in the glass. Youthful, concentrated and profound. Full of fruit. Classy. Lovely rich finish. Fine plus.

Chambertin, Clos de Bèze, Domaine Armand Rousseau From 2020 19.5

Fullish, youthful colour. Fragrant nose. Ripe and rich. Nicely austere. Very good grip. Fullish body. Ample, reserved, profound and intense. Very fine indeed.

Chambertin, Maison Vincent Girardin From 2020 18.0

Fullish colour. Still youthful. Closed in nose. Medium-full body. Quite opulent. Very good grip. Plenty of class. Lovely fruit. Will still improve. Fine plus.

Chambertin, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet From 2020 18.0

Good colour. Still rather closed on the nose. Full body. Rich. Backward. Still very young. Not the easiest wine to taste because it is rather restrained. But fine plus at the vey least.

Chambertin, Domaine Armand Rousseau From 2020 20.0

Fullish colour. Still youthful. This is utterly brilliant. Fullish body. Now beginning to get mellow. Real depth and concentration. Marvelous classy fruit. Great intensity. Fantastic finish.