A ripe style, offering blackberry and plum notes. Needs time to find its balance with the burly tannins, though seems too dry to be fully integrated.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
Bocquenet's 2005 Nuits-St.-Georges Aux St.-Julien (from a site just north of the town) smells typically cedary, smoky, woodsy, intensely black-fruited and touched by vanilla and spice from the barrel. A broad-shouldered, rich, sweet, but slightly husky palate impression is unabashedly tannic but well-covered in rich fruit. The finish displays an oily, smoky, pungent cling and ample, satisfying, extroverted sweetness. Bocquenet keeps threatening to retire (while he looks quite young) but let's hope he's bluffing, because his wines continue to offer consistent quality (as witness his sweetly-fruited, well-concentrated and moderately ageworthy 2004 Aux St.-Julien) in a style all Bocquenet's own. Nothing but new wood has been used on these wines for years, nor are they filtered, but they are assembled into large tanks after ten or eleven months and left until bottling, nowadays generally not more than a few weeks before harvest. Bocquenet's rather fearless extraction in 2005 resulted in wines that are much more similar to (good!) 2003s than are the 2005s of other growers.
Author: David Schildknecht
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 15
Cask Sample.Lovely rich fruitcake spice on the nose but no raisined fruit. Dark and savoury, not giving much away yet on the palate. Tight, firm fine tannins. Tightly structured and perhaps waiting for flesh to come? Perhaps not quite enough now. A little too savoury on the palate, even a touch over-extracted and bitter. (JH)
Author: Jancis Robinson
Burghound | Rating: 90
Deep ruby. A subtle trace of wood surrounds the notably ripe dark berry fruit and earth aromas that continue onto the concentrated, round and delicious flavors that are serious and relatively powerful for a villages level wine. This will require the better part of a decade of cellar time to soften the presently distinctly firm tannic spine. This offers first rate quality and is recommended.