2005 Domaine Joseph Roty Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru "Très Vieilles Vignes"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From vines said to have been planted in the 1880s, the Roty 2005 Charmes Chambertin Tres Vieilles Vignes announces its distinction a foot away from the glass, with uncanny intensity and clarity of black fruit essences, along with ineffable mineral and animal suggestions. Tactile cinnamon spiciness, bitter-sweet herbs, and black cherry and black raspberry concentrate (fresh, yet with liqueur-like intensity, sweetness and viscosity) saturate the palate, and a dark and rising tide of mineral and carnal flavors meets the fruit and spice in a thunderous finish. There is mystery aplenty here, with the sex appeal well beneath the surface. Philippe Roty and his brother have matters well in hand and are on their way to bottling (as always here, unfiltered) a superb collection of 2005s... Prolonged skin contact and gentle but relentless extraction are the practice here, and in 2005 that has made for Pinots of almost shockingly deep color, abundant and firm but fine tannins, and terrific overall intensity. (DS)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A subtle but not invisible application of wood frames the ripe and still almost entirely primary aromas of earthy and spicy red and dark currant scents that are trimmed in a touch of menthol. There is outstanding richness to the full-bodied and muscular big-bodied flavors that coat the palate the seemingly endless reserves of dry extract that also serves to buffer the hugely long if slightly warm finish. This is clearly still in its infancy and it would be largely pointless to open a bottle now as the '05 TVV is nowhere close to its apogee but the "can't miss" development potential is manifest.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Deeply pitched, wild aromas of black raspberry, game, smoke and Cuban tobacco. Shows a texture of liquid silk, along with uncanny sweetness and depth to its flavors of blackberry, licorice, violet and spice. The spectacular finish features utterly suave, noble tannins and great palate-staining length. This very primary wine is downright creamy today but is sure to shut down in bottle. 95+ (ST)
95-96 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Nine barrels from a plot of vines replanted just after phylloxera epidemic in 1885. A luscious, ripe, cherry, blueberry and vanilla pod nose. Great delineation and lift. The palate is very tight, more so than either Griottes or Mazis. Great delineation, a touch of spice. More masculine than Charmes, this is a real vin de garde and will demand many years of cellaring. A legend in the making. Drinking 2018-2040." (12/2007)