($73-$113) Medium red. Ripe red fruits and mocha on the nose. Supple and ripe, showing more breadth but less cut than the young 2006. But this is currently a bit clenched on the back half, with the coolness of this rocky site giving it a restrained, taut character. I'd hold this for a few years.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
Anne Gros's generally light touch with extraction would seem to fit the nature of a thick-skinned vintage like 2005, and there is no question she has captured an element of delicacy in her 2005 Chambolle-Musigny La Combe d'Orveau (from high above Clos Vougeot) that is rare for the vintage. Red cherry, rhubarb, cinnamon and lily-like florality in the nose lead to a polished, silky, bright, juicy, pure-fruited palate with persistent inner-mouth florality and hints of truffle. Meat and minerals enter on the long finish, which offers bloody, chalky and saline hints mingled with ripe but slightly tart red fruits. While this will have most appeal for tasters who like a little kick of acidity in their Pinot, the tannins are scarcely noticeable and the wine perfect for early drinking, indeed the most immediately charming wine in this year's collection and my favorite Anne Gros Chambolle yet.