2005 Charmes Chambertin Tres Vieilles Vignes Joseph Roty

Joseph Roty have garnered a cult following for their exceptionally rare Charmes Chambertin ‘tres vieilles vignes’ and the brilliant and highly sought-after 2005 vintage is true to excellent form.


This is one of the great Domaines of Gevrey-Chambertin; however, the house’s closed, secretive nature, passed from generation to generation, has made these wines very hard to access, seriously enhancing their collectability.


Over 60% of the Charmes-Chambertin plot was planted in 1881. These were the first grafted vines the family planted to try and combat phylloxera, and are some of the oldest vines in the whole Cote d’Or. Yields are consequently minuscule, which only increases their rarity.


In the modern legend that is the 2005 vintage, eleventh generation Philippe Roty took full advantage of the conditions and crafted ‘Pinots of almost shockingly deep color, abundant and firm but fine tannins, and terrific overall intensity’ (DS). The wines are unfiltered and matured in highly-toasted oak, which is no older than two years. This imbues them with an oaky intensity in their youth but, after time in the cellar, they take on unbelievable levels of complexity and dimensions, making them some of the most rewarding, unique and soulful wines of Gevrey.

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£545.00 DP

Average critic rating : 97.5 points



From vines said to have been planted in the 1880s, the Roty 2005 Charmes Chambertin Tres Vieilles Vignes announces its distinction a foot away from the glass, with uncanny intensity and clarity of black fruit essences, along with ineffable mineral and animal suggestions. Tactile cinnamon spiciness, bitter-sweet herbs, and black cherry and black raspberry concentrate (fresh, yet with liqueur-like intensity, sweetness and viscosity) saturate the palate, and a dark and rising tide of mineral and carnal flavors meets the fruit and spice in a thunderous finish. There is mystery aplenty here, with the sex appeal well beneath the surface.||Philippe Roty and his brother have matters well in hand and are on their way to bottling (as always here, unfiltered) a superb collection of 2005s. That said, this won’t even begin happening until late Spring and some wines may not be bottled until year’s end. (Wines followed above by the initials P.R. are from Philippe’s vines and will be labeled with his name.) Prolonged skin contact and gentle but relentless extraction are the practice here, and in 2005 that has made for Pinots of almost shockingly deep color, abundant and firm but fine tannins, and terrific overall intensity.||Also recommended: 2005 Marsannay (85-86+?). Wine Advocate.April, 2007


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