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2005 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes

Gerard Raphet

93Average Score
flagBurgundy / France
Red

Beginning with the 2002 vintage, Gerard Raphet decided to segregate the fruit from his oldest vines to produce 50-100 cases a year of something really distinguised. The 2005 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes announces itself with meaty, slightly sweaty aromas, and a hint of rhododendron undergrowth. It comes onto the palate with the richness of a concentrated meat stock mingled with high toned distilled plum and Syrah-like notes of black pepper. This vigorous, concentrated, sappy Pinot offers abundant tannins relatively covered by an almost thick richness, and a pungent and bittersweet finish that really sticks to the palate. Less refined, with less primary sweetness than the Lavaux St.-Jacques, it will need at least a decade in the cellar and – even though no long track record exists for this bottling – bids fair to age well beyond that. Jun 2007, www.robertparker.com

David Schildknecht, Vinous    Score: 93/100

Bts-0 Immediate | 6 Marketplace£189.00
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