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2005’s from nicolas potel pt.4 (last)

These wine all tasted in their last week or two in barrel. Xavier Meyney (NP business manager) was was a little disappointed how the wines were showing from barrel – saying that we were out of phase with the moon – despite his disappointment, these wines did little to hide their apparent quality. We started with a good quartet of Nuits – the last was a real cracker – it may be a little dull, but there’s little here I wouldn’t buy:
2005 Nicolas Potel, Nuits St.Georges 1er Prulierstry to find this wine...
A tight nose with an undercurrent of bright red fruit. Powerful but with fine tannins and super intense mid-palate. There is just a little oak-derived bitterness on the long finish, but this will quickly fade. Sauve and accomplished for a Nuits
Rebuy – Yes
2005 Nicolas Potel, Nuits St.Georges 1er Murgerstry to find this wine...
This vineyard sits close to ‘Richemone’ from 45 year-old vines. Much more ebullient nose, just an edge of malo to be found but this is wide and interesting. Also very fine tannin and intense concentration. It’s hard to hold in the mouth and has super acidity. Just a little oak-derived texture on the good finish. A wine that impresses.
Rebuy – Yes
2005 Nicolas Potel, Nuits St.Georges 1er Damodestry to find this wine...
A dense nose that still shows a little malo and just a little reduction too – it starts deep and tight, but slowly widens. The palate is well delineated and a little mineral. Good acidity and the tannins are so well covered they are just an after-thought.
Rebuy – Yes
2005 Nicolas Potel, Nuits St.Georges 1er Boudotstry to find this wine...
There’s plenty to see on the nose, and it’s not just about fruit – a nice toffee note comes through too. In the mouth it’s all about fresh fruit and acidity followed by a real extra kick of concentration in the mid-palate and into the finish. This really does have an extra dimension vs the last wines and comes across just a little Vosne-like. Really super, bravo.
Rebuy – Yes
2005 Nicolas Potel, Vosne-Romanée 1er Petits Montstry to find this wine...
A dark and interesting nose of spice-edged damson and a suggestion of toffee. A subtle and elegant wine, with real depth and quite some complexity. Slightly grainy tannin is a fleeting impression before the acidity whisks you into the long finish.
Rebuy – Yes I did.
2005 Nicolas Potel, Vosne-Romanée 1er Malconsortstry to find this wine...
Understated, edgy, coffee-tinged fruit on the nose – the nose never really expands in our time together. Roll this concentrated wine around in your mouth and you get sweet, dense fruit and many dimensions of flavour. The wine still seems to be opening out as you move from the mid-palate into the finish – a peacock’s tail.
Rebuy – Yes

We sampled both the brassy and forward Echezeaux and the denser, more sullen Clos de Vougeot, both were impressive, but both showed too much gas on the palate for a formal note.
2005 Nicolas Potel, Chambertin Clos de Bèzetry to find this wine...
A very fine and sweet nose with well delineated fruits – very impressive. Wow – almost everything is available here; concentration, never-ending complexity and dimension. Marvellous, multidimensional stuff. This wine almost left me out of breath!
Rebuy – Yes I did!
2005 Nicolas Potel, Bonnes-Marestry to find this wine...
A deep nose that also shows quite some width. Warming and swirling fills in the picture with some higher toned notes. Big and impressive in the mouth with chocolate covered fruits and a wave of tannin that keeps abreast of the fruit. Incredibly impressive stuff, but for my own preference it’s just a little brutal today. Really impressive stuff.
Rebuy – Yes

3 responses to “2005’s from nicolas potel pt.4 (last)”

  1. GARY DIVITO

    Hello Bill,
    Really enjoyed your notes on Potel’s wines . Can you tell me any information on the 2005 Les Gaudichots .I have heard 2005 was great year in Vosne.This is one wine I look to purchase along with his Petit
    Monts & Echezeaux.
    If you indeed tasted the 2005 can you compare to the 2004 Gaudichots.

    Thanks,
    Gary

  2. David Olsson

    Hi Bill and many thanks for your thoughtful posts (both here and on the Mark Squires BB)! I have purchased quite a few of the Vosne petits monts 2003 and the borgogne rouge 2003 from Potel and I am eagerly waiting for the 2005s to show up here in Sweden. It would be interesting to get your opinion on 03 vs. 05 with regards to the Vosne 1er cru cuvées.
    Cheers
    David

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