A wonderfully seductive and again, ultra pure nose of dark berry fruit, violets and those beguiling spice notes of a fine Amoureuses that lead to rich, velvety and mouth coating middle weight flavors that are classy, refined and balanced, all wrapped in a seriously long finish. A stunner of a wine that will deliver much pleasure with verve and real panache.
Drink Dates: 2013+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 1st Quarter, 2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95
Hints of wood smoke and incense curl from the glass of Bertheau 2005 Chambolle-Musingy Les Amoureuses over a rich base of black cherry, cassis and sultry florality. Once inside your mouth, this wine spreads a deep, low toned meatiness, faintly caramelized black fruits, cherry pit, toasted hickory and bitter-sweet flowers over a cool slab of stone. Talk about the 'dark sideƒ?_ of Pinot or of 2005: a wine like this might explain the origin of an old Burgundian saying to the effect that a glass of Pinot is 'a little of the night before you go into your long dark night.ƒ?_ Consult your psychiatrist, but I recommend permitting some of this formidably dense, finely-tannic, mysteriously brooding wine to reside in your cellar for 5-7 years.