A ripe, spicy and expressive multi-layered nose of red and black pinot fruit, earth, game, smoke and hints of anise, clove and exotic Oriental tea gives way to rich, cool, suave and very pure flavors that are lovely, refined and classy. This is understated in the mouth and possesses an ultra sophisticated mouth feel on the superbly long, focused and driving finish. This is not a huge wine by the standards of a classic BŠze but everything is in perfect harmony and it should be capable of 30+ years of positive evolution.
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 2nd Quarter, 2007
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94
Bright, dark red. Fabulously pure aromas of hard candy, minerals, blood orange, exotic spices, rose petal and lavender, with a suggestion of boiled sweets. Pristine and almost painfully penetrating, with a powerful impression of sappy extract and great energy and minerality. I find the aromas and flavors utterly seductive, and yet this compelling wine is youthfully stern today and in need of at least 10 or 12 years of cellaring.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Sweet oak introduces this rich, supple red, which is backed by concentrated cherry and blackberry notes and a firm structure. Needs time to absorb the oak and allow the fruit to shine through. Slightly dry finish.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
The Drouhin 2005 Chambertin Clos de Beze ƒA?A? which combines purchased fruit with a bit from their domaine ƒA?A? displays a classic nose of black cherry, licorice, white pepper, and rose petal; stains the palate with its intensity of fruit, herb and flower while displaying fantastic elegance, polish and silken refinement of texture; and grips for dear life in a finish marked by stunningly vivid floral perfume. This superb Pinot should not be revisited for at least 5-7 years and will doubtless be worth holding for twice that amount of time.
The Rotys' 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Fontenys really shows the class of its origins, high up on Gevrey's south side against Ruchottes-Chambertin. A nose of black fruits and underbrush leads to an intense, clear, bright, and silken-textured palate full of beef marrow, black cherry, plum, blueberry and brown spices. A firm chalky, stony character underlies this wine's long finish of deep fruit and dark forest floor. For all of its dark shadings, its super-saturation of ripe fruit, and its obvious extract, this retains an invigorating freshness, elegance, and eloquent clarity. Lock it away though for at least a decade. Philippe Roty and his brother have matters well in hand and are on their way to bottling (as always here, unfiltered) a superb collection of 2005s. That said, this won't even begin happening until late Spring and some wines may not be bottled until year's end. (Wines followed above by the initials P.R. are from Philippe's vines and will be labeled with his name.) Prolonged skin contact and gentle but relentless extraction are the practice here, and in 2005 that has made for Pinots of almost shockingly deep color, abundant and firm but fine tannins, and terrific overall intensity.