($165) Medium-deep red. Pure, complex nose offers cherry, minerals, peony, smoked ham and hints of prune and fig. Suave on entry, then silky and voluminous in the middle (this is 13.5% alcohol), but with a sappy quality keeping the sweet fruit lively and fresh. Finishes with terrific building length, sap and subtlety. This one may ultimately merit an even higher score.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96
A little air reveals bright raspberry, kirsch and bilberry aromas and flavors, very pure and resonant. There's a touch of animal to its personality, but overall this is concentrated, wild and vibrant, with a mineral finish.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Burghound | Rating: 94
This too is a touch raw aromatically but the big, rich and firmly muscled flavors are both well structured and powerful yet they retain a fine sense of detail and excellent length. And unlike many examples of Corton, the tannins here are dense but fine with plenty of dry extract to buffer them and overall, this is a relatively elegant and harmonious effort.
Bruno Clavelier calls 2005 an |easy vintage that was the exact opposite of 2004. Really, it was a dream vintage with a 100% clean harvest. In fact, it was so clean that I had difficulty justifying people to stand and watch the grapes roll by on the sorting table without touching anything at all save perhaps for the odd leaf or insect. To put it another way, in 2004 and 2006, you could really see the effects of all your effort in the vineyards and at the harvest whereas in 2005, everyone brought in ripe and clean fruit. We started picking the Corton on the 18th of September and then attacked the C“te de Nuits on the 22nd. Yields were around 30 to 35 hl/ha with strong sugars of 12.8 to 13.5%. I took a slightly different approach to the vinification though as I did almost no extraction at all and rather let the grapes steep as one might do with an herbal tea (infusion). The malos were extremely long and I still have not racked them and probably won't until I prepare for the bottling because the lees were so clean. Overall, 2005 is an excellent vintage with near perfect phenolic ripeness and balance. I also believe the wines will make old bones.| I have said this before but it bears repeating: If your taste runs to understated and ultra pure, and unadorned, burgundy, check out the Clavelier wines. There's virtually no make up and the purity is, in most cases, crystalline. This too is a touch raw aromatically but the big, rich and firmly muscled flavors are both well structured and powerful yet they retain a fine sense of detail and excellent length. And unlike many examples of Corton, the tannins here are dense but fine with plenty of dry extract to buffer them and overall, this is a relatively elegant and harmonious effort. BH 91-94 Drink 2015+