2005 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

SKU #1034769 96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The surprisingly expressive nose is quite floral and spicy with still completely primary aromas of black cherry, warm earth and a hint of the sauvage. There is excellent richness to the focused, intense, vibrant and well-muscled full-bodied flavors that carry ample authority and punch on the complex, broad and superbly long finish that reflects and a hint of mocha. There is real depth of material here and the intensity builds from the mid-palate on back to the explosive if slightly austere finish. There is so much dry extract here that this is a dramatic and powerful wine that is even slightly better than my original assessment. Make no mistake though, this is going to require plenty of patience as another 10 to 15 years is going to be required.  (6/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Seysses’ 2005 Clos de la Roche charts new territory in this collection for sheer intensity. Black cherry, kirsch distillate, cedar, incense, iron filings, wet stone, and roasted meats and coffee represent a few of the immediate aromatic suggestions forced on this taster. In the mouth, it is similarly compelling, with an eruption of clear black cherry, cassis, and meat juices, faintly bitter notes of fruit skin and pungent herbal and mineral notes adding complexity. The texture is incipiently velvety, imposingly glossy, and a perfect cover for fine, abundant tannins. Spectacularly rich and reverberative in its multifaceted finish, this sensational wine deserves at least a decade of rest before re-opening. (DS)  (6/2007)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red-ruby. Pure but tight aromas of dark raspberry, brown spices and graphite. Dense, fat and rich but quite youthfully reduced, showing notes of smoke and toast. This amazingly chewy and tactile wine needs a lot of patience. Sullen today but very long and strong on the back end, with a powerful impression of dry extract and a finishing note of chocolate. If you invest in a wine like this, don't even think of opening it any time soon (Jeremy Seysses suggests waiting 12 years). (ST)  (3/2008)

K&L Notes

Praise from Bruce Sanderson: "The Clos de la Roche displays Asian spices and a combination of black cherry, juicy fruit and a firm structure, then picks up mineral on the complex finish (95-100)." (Wine Spectator Cellar Notes: 2005 Burgundy Part 1, 3/2007)

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