2005 Domaine Gelin Fixin 1er Cru Clos Napoleon
13.5% alc., $37.
Hi-tone red cherry nose with copious
minerality, herbs and some roseate charm. Dusty cherry fruit on the attack that falls off on the tangy
finish. Very light bodied and still a bit closed.
2005 Domaine Heresztyn Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Millandes
13% alc., $80.
This has a nose
of oak-infused Pinot fruits that you can really stick your nose into. Cherry fruits and oak predominate with
some nice earthiness. The fruit was reticent but after two days in an opened bottle that was recorked, the
wine was spectacular with a fuzzy texture and marvelous fruit expression. I finished the bottle off with dinner,
smiling the whole time
2005 Bouchard Pere et Fils Vigne De L’Infant Jesus
13% alc., $95.
Shy and subdued but what potential
here. Chewy berry fruit with a sexy black raspberry kiss on the finish. Earthy and notable barnyard
influences. Tannins are very fine. I have always been a fan of this wine and this is the best one I have had
over the last twelve years.
2005 Domaine Patrice and Michele Rion Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes
13% alc., $119.
Slightly confected redder fruits on the nose, prodigious ripe fruit stuffing featuring dark cherries,
black raspberries and blackberries, subtle citrus notes, a wooly texture and deft oak highlights round out
a magnificent wine. The most California-styled of the lineup if you will. This is built for the long haul.
One to buy
2005 Domaine Marquis D’Angerville 1er Cru Volnay Champans
13.5% alc., $150.
Deep and rich
dark red Pinot fruits with plenty of woodsy scents, powerful but lovely black raspberry fruit and spice and
a very healthy tannic spine. There is tremendous material here waiting to get out and several years are
required for full enjoyment.
Except for the D’Angerville wines which are in high demand and difficult to locate, all of these Burgundies
are still available in the retail marketplace.