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2005 Chambertin

Giroud; Camille

93Average Score
flagBurgundy / France
Red

The 2005 Chambertin (again purchased partly as wine and set to total 250 cases) boasts an impressively healthy if not terribly dark purplish-red hue and an aroma combining lightly-cooked black raspberry, beef marrow, and pungent minerality. In the mouth, this offers satisfying plushness and a very low-toned expression of Chambertin, with cooked raspberry, black licorice, wild mushrooms, and wet stones. The sweetness is wonderfully savory but not superficial and the ineffable sense of minerality runs from the aromatic to the tactile. A faint bit of heat creeps into the finish. I miss a bit of the refinement and winsome, wafting florality of the Latricieres, but this too is a truly grand cru with at least two decades potential. ||Readers are referred to Pierre Rovani’s report in Issue 160 for details on the acquisition of this house in 2002 by Ann Colgin and a group of Americans, and on Becky Wasserman’s directorial role. At only around 4,500 cases, 2005 will represent their largest production yet, “and we’ll stay small,” says young, manifestly-talented winemaker David Croix. Croix works intensively in the vineyard with most of his suppliers. He ages the wines largely in newly-purchased but once-used barrels, augmented by a low percentage of new casks. I tasted all of the wines immediately prior to their first racking which was late, explains Croix (despite malo-lactic fermentations early by 2005 standards), because the quality of the fruit deserved the enrichment and protection of long lees contact and a slightly reduced state. They will be bottled without filtration in March or April.||Various Importers. A Becky Wasserman Selection, Le Serbet; fax 011- 333-80-24-29-70. Wine Advocate.April, 2007

David Schildknecht    Score: 92-94/100

12x75cl-0 Immediate | 3 Marketplace£3,144.00
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