2005 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Les Beaux Monts"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Grivot’s 2005 Vosne-Romanee Les Beaumonts delivers scents of blackberry, cassis, violets, fennel, and pungent brown spices. Clear and invigorating in fruit, yet creamy and mouth-coating, this brings spices, flowers and a note of chalk into its long, refined finish. The tannins are superbly fine and the longer this opens in the glass the more perfumed it becomes. (DS)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Outstanding* This is gorgeously airy and fine with beautiful aromas of floral and spicy black fruit and subtle hints of soy, Asian spice and anise that can also be found on the rich, detailed and minerally middle weight flavors that possess excellent transparency and near perfect balance. This offers real drive and energy but note that it is very firmly if not aggressively structured and will require a decade plus to really be at its best.
Rich in fruit, texture and tannins, with smoke, mint and tar accents overlaying the black cherry flavor. The tannins dominate in the mix now, yet there's pure fruit underneath, with bright spice and pepper accents. This has fine length, but be patient for it to come together. Best from 2012 through 2030. (BS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, full red. Musky red fruits, minerals and licorice on the reticent but pure nose. At once cool and sweet, with terrific life to the flavors of red cherry, licorice and minerals. A wonderfully delicate and suave wine that appears to be in the process of shutting down in the bottle. Finishes with firm-edged tannins, excellent structure and superb persistence. This is built for extended aging, and will almost certainly merit a higher score a decade from now. 91+ (ST)
94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "This is very closed on the nose, floral with touches of violets, maraschino cherry and beautifully integrated new oak. It is full-bodied on the palate; superb intensity and focus with fine but firm tannins – assertive and demanding attention. Still relatively unresolved but it has wonderful persistency on the finish that has great nervosite. This appears to be closing down but will surely come back to become an outstanding Beaumonts." (09/2008)