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).
This more closely resembles the Lavaut in style and elegance with cool and mineral-infused high-toned red berry fruit aromas that are less expressive, even reserved with detailed, indeed chiseled flavors that are built on a base of intense minerality, all wrapped in a powerful and mouth coating linear finish. There is a certain austerity here at present that will require more than a decade to fully flesh out.(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. With a dark ruby colour, Latricières-Chambertin is virile and powerful. This is already clear on the nose, with the intensity and subtlety of the fragrances of black fruit (blackberry and blueberry), liquorice and spices. On the palate the attack provides great aromatic complexity and is concentrated, massive and solid. The wine remains elegant and its delicious tannins are seductive. With round substance and good length, it is said to be "masculine and very balanced".
16° to 18°C
The complexity of Latricières-Chambertin will do justice to roast boar and a selection of ripened cheeses.