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2005 des croix bourgogne pinot noir

des croix bourgogne pinot noir

I couldn’t resist it, yesterday I opened up one of my wines of the year from last year and was very happy with the result. Equally priced is another of my wines of the year last year and I just had to pull the cork! David Croix suggests aeration as the wines are bottled with plenty of carbon dioxide, but in this case the bottle was open for about 30 minutes then poured, no more.

2005 des Croix, Bourgogne Pinot Noir try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose is pungent with creamy, mineral, ripe and soft red fruit – it’s like a grand cru – an okay start then! The palate is not quite so silky smooth as the Morgon, but the concentration is undoubted, neither is the quality of the creamy fruit that pushes, long, long into the finish. The creaminess seems to have an oaky base, so I’d personally let this slumber a while despite its ‘come hither’ demeanour – just like you would any 1er cru. Its modern-styled and with a decent dose of oak, but ignoring the Leroy 2004 Bourgogne (appellation chimera) this could be the best bourgogne I’m ever likely to buy!
Rebuy – Yes – 12 is unfortunately not enough!

15 responses to “2005 des croix bourgogne pinot noir”

  1. Kent Comley

    That’s a new producer to me. Any background info Bill??

  2. Will C


    A very very enticing note! I can find that wine locally for €22. Do you think it is a buy at this price?

  3. Champagne Charlie

    Hello Bill-what an enjoyable site you have and thanks for the
    2005 des Croix, Bourgogne Pinot Noir tip. I tasted his 2006`s which were exciting -I note that BBR-Berry Brothers and Rudd have the 2005 des Croix, Bourgogne for £13.95 per bottle(for unsplit orders of 12)delivered.

  4. Will C

    Unfortunatly by the time alot of wines make there way to Ireland they have passed through many hands, each taking a small profit. The end result is a hefty mark up but by the sounds of your note this one is worth paying for.

  5. ed


    You say you couldn’t resist trying this wine but surely 05 bourgognes and (from the earlier post) beaujolais cru (even Morgon) are in their drinking windows now. How long do you think they have? And do you have any experience of these wines “shutting down” for a period like their more august grand and prem. cru brethren?


  6. ed

    And re. your previous post: what do you imagine is the life span of the bigger (i.e. Morgon and Moulin-a-Vent) beaujolais cru of 05?

  7. Brooklynguy

    Just a note to thank you for this recommendation. I grabbed a few bottles and tried one last night. Fantastic wine for a Bourgogne, as good as any I’ve tasted. I paid $25 and that’s pretty standard in NYC for Bourgogne from quality producers. Thanks again for the tip.

  8. Champagne Charlie

    I echo the above sentiments-a cracking Bourgogne-I actually rarely buy straight Bourgogne-too many average disappointments-but this reminds me of Michel Lafarge’s superb Bourgogne 83-85 and 90…….yup its been that long!!!

  9. Dave Hake

    I just opened this bottle of Bourgogne to enjoy with a pork tenderloin from the grill. My wife just brought this wine back from a trip to Paris. I assumed this would just be an average bottle of wine. What a surprise!! What a lovely bottle of wine. Nice raspberry/blackberry nose. Great balance of oak/vanilla in the nose and taste. As noted above, it reminded me of the premier crus I have tasted in the past.

  10. David Henry

    Bill, have you or any of your readers tried the ’05 Domaine des Croix Beaune AOC? It is my understanding that it includes a fair amount of declassified Beaune 1er Cru from a small parcel des Croix owns in Les Teurons. Is this correct? Based on the great buzz for the Bourgogne, I suspect that the Beaune AOC would be a good buy at $34/bottle ($US). Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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