Philippe Drouhin was about as laconic as one can be with respect to 2005, stating simply "I really don't have much to say. It's a great vintage and indisputably so in my view. The growing season was impeccable, the harvest, which we started on September 21st, was as clean as any that I've ever seen with good yields at between 30 and 40 hl/ha, good sugars at between 12 and 13% and perfect acid balance. The phenolic ripeness was superb About the only surprise was that the color extraction didn't come quite as easily as I would have guessed given the thickness of the skins. We also had a high level of malic acid and thus the malos were extended and some of them are not completely finished." As the scores and comments suggest, these are some truly stupendous wines and it's by far and away the finest vintage that I have ever seen chez Drouhin-Laroze. Given the (relatively) reasonable prices the wines sell for, they are well worth a close look. (Atherton Wine Imports, Atherton, CA; Bayfield Imports, NY; Berry Bros & Rudd, Bibendum, Justerini & Brooks and Anthony Sarjeant, all of the UK).
A brooding and backward nose is presently revealing little save for glimpses of red and blue berry fruit aromas though the rich, full and sleekly muscled flavors are sappy, intense and powerful, all wrapped in a classy and very pure finish of exceptional length. Despite the reserve, this is impressively constructed and built to age. Terrific and worth a close look.(BH)
The Domaine's Grands Crus are matured in oak barrels (80% new barrels) made from wood from the Allier and Nivernais regions. We favour light to medium-plus toasts as this ensures the perfect harmony between the wine and wood tannins. The eye is immediately caught by the vermilion hue. The first nose conveys discrete hints of blackcurrant bud and flowers. Spices and small red fruit aromas appear on the palate on aeration with liquorice contributing character. The sweet flavor of rose provides subtlety and style. The overall harmony ensures depth and results in a dense, superb and peerlessly elegant wine.
16° to 18°C
Bonnes Mares is perfect with wildfowl in a vigneronne sauce, beef tournedos sauce forestière or robust
cheeses such as Ami du Chambertin and matured goat's cheeses.