2005 Red Burgundy

12th Mar 2015 6:30pm to 8:30pm

2005 Red Burgundy

As is the case for Bordeaux, one could fairly describe the 2005 Red Burgundy vintage as probably the best for a long lived generation. Nothing is ever simple to summarise where  Burgundy is concerned, red Burgundy especially, but as in Bordeaux, the 2005 reds have both matter and structure. And balancing the structure is a notable ripeness of fruit, rich and succulent in the best, as well as minerality, complexity, length of flavour and class. At a decade old the village wines should be starting to drink beautifully, with the Premier Crus still needing time, but demonstrating their long term promise.

A bunch of top producers - Bachelet, Cathiard, Gouges, de Montille, Roty – and, with the exception of the much pricier Malconsorts, mostly at a price range of £40 to £100 a bottle today. As with the clarets, here is a nice cross section of communes to try: Marsannay, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanée, Nuits St Georges and Volnay. These were wines that Monika and I purchased after first tasting them in 2007, it will be interesting to see how they are turning out!

 

Marsannay Les Ouzeloy (Joseph Roty)

Nuits St Georges (Sylvain Cathiard)

Vosne-Romanée (Sylvain Cathiard)

Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes (Den. Bachelet)

Chamb.-Musigny 1er Cru Feusselottes (F.Magnien)

Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les Porets (Henri Gouges)

Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds (de Montille)

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Malconsorts (de Montille)

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8 Wines, with cheese ...... £106

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