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2005 Burgundies Worth Buying

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 Thierry Violet-Gullemard 1er Cru Pommard La Platiere

13% alc., $60. · Spectacular aromatics featuring cherries and root beer. Very pure and precise fruit and a plush mouth feel. Approachable for a Pommard, but still reticent and brooding. Hold off several years.

2005 Maison Aymeric Mazilla Hospices de Nuits Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru “Les Rues De

13% alc., $60. · A cherry-driven wine that is soft and simple with a modest tannic backbone and lively, tart finish. Needs plenty of air time to blossom.

2005 Domaine Marquis D’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru

13.5% alc., $70. · Charming black raspberry and floral aromatics with a hint of iodine. Dark fruits with side notes of cola and mocha, velvety texture, brisk acidity and a lingering finish.

2005 Maison Frederic Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Ruchots

13% alc., $75. · Heady and sweet Pinot fruit with a touch of herbs, oak and barnyard. Plenty of oak backbone and drying tannins on the finish will need time to resolve.

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 Domaine Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Millandes

13% alc., $80. · A nicely structured wine featuring sumptuous dark Pinot extract. Char, oak and coffee notes are carried throughout. A plush and meaty mouth feel and silky tannins make for a superb drinking experience.

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.

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