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the first of the 2005 naysayers(?)

one must read between the lines. “More red fruit than black” connotes a lighter body, and “lively and dynamic” hints still further at a youthful, bright vintage whose maturity will be rapid and difficult to predict.

I’ve been waiting for you.

John Mariani is the first I’ve seen, but there will be many more. Aside from disagreeing with both of his assertions above, it’s true that there’s a whole boat-load of love missing from the 2005 wines now versus the latter half of last year – even more-so than from barrel tasting. What John is missing (I suspect) are those benchmarks. It’s also time though for me to ween myself from opening these bottles. I did, however, find the Voillot Volnay 1er cru to be similar to John’s reflection of the basic villages (maybe I got there too late), mind-you, I re-bought a number of other Voillots.

As a side-note, Bloomberg has become quite an interesting source of articles in the last months…

4 responses to “the first of the 2005 naysayers(?)”

  1. Tom Blach

    There will indeed be many more-the 2005 fuss is the silliest thing I’ve ever seen in the world of burgundy wine. The combination of the belief that Burgundy is all about vintage and the notion that the wines are best drunk in their first ten years is the main cause of disappointment with these often expensive wines. I hope to pick up plenty when 11 bottle lots are dumped in 5 years time. The most complete vintages take forever nowadays-just look at 95, superb but totally unready in many cases, vs 94, where many wines now are unexpectedly proving to have matured beautifully and give the true pleasures of a point burgundy. People think they should be able to judge these wines after a couple of years in bottle. They can’t.
    For those who wish the pleasures of drinking young bottles some 04s are just exquisite now-I’m still looking unsuccesfully for this ‘green’ thing, I think I just perceive it as an extra note of freshness. They will certainly give more pleasure than 05 for the next few years.

  2. Gavin

    Let them talk them down I say. I might be able to afford to by them again.

  3. Philip

    And hear hear again. When I tasted around the 2005 offerings in London in Jan 07 these seemed like wines that would just shut down hard, and quite soon. Better tasters than me made the same observation. Apart from a few Bourgogne rouge, all my 2005 reds are in a deep dark cellar, where they’ll stay for at least another 7 years.

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