des croix 2005 bourgogne pinot noir

Update 9.2.2011(8.2.2011)billn


A correspondent told me this was in an awkward phase – ‘no surprise it’s a 2005’ I thought – seems not so bad though…

2005 des Croix, Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Popped and poured. Still a relatively deep, purple-highlighted colour. The very faint background reduction mixes with a little oak and higher-toned alcoholic notes – that could be a little CO2 – let’s see. Slowly that slightly volatile element calms with, first, high-toned redcurrant then raspberry as the aromatic profile becomes more settled. Fine, soft tannin, slightly plush with a very silky texture. Really good pinot flavour and again an oaky impression plus a little creamy depth in the mid-palate. Really fills the mouth but with dimension rather and acid-driven expansion. Super. Wait a couple of hours and the oak/reduction is on a lower level and the nose is both deeper and darker. And the flavour, well it rather recedes – it’s still there and still interesting but you have to chew harder on the tannin to find it – still without the dimension of its early phase. Just very good young wine with a quality level bearing no resemblance to its label.
Rebuy – Yes

Day 2?: The nose is now about blackberry/blackcurrant. The palate is a little unusual as it starts wide but narrows very quickly – the cream undertow is back and the fruit is darker than the first day, but it is almost cordial-like – far too easy to drink!

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 3 responses to “des croix 2005 bourgogne pinot noir”

  1. Will9th February 2011 at 9:10 amPermalinkReply

    Thanks for the update on this Bill. I still have a few bottles lying around. When do you think it might start opening up again?

    • billn9th February 2011 at 9:15 amPermalinkReply

      Well it’s not closed today – which slightly surprised me – as for blossoming, that’s the $64,000 question. Personally I’ll revisit when it gets to 10 years: oldish for a bourgogne, but probably rather young for a wine of this level though.

      Having 7 or 8 left makes life easier though!

  2. Will9th February 2011 at 10:38 amPermalinkReply

    I guess I’ll continue to ignore all 05s so. My ears prick up everytime I hear of a 05s reported to be drinking well.

  3. Eric15th February 2011 at 3:13 pmPermalinkReply

    Too bad I drank up all my 05s. I only got a few 06 left. It is indeed a nice wine with the intensity bear no resemblance to its lowly appellation!

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