2005 Domaine Michel Lafarge Pommard 1er Cru "Pezerolles"

SKU #1277278 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This begins with a ripe yet profoundly elegant and classy cool red berry fruit nose where the transparency is such that the underlying minerality of a classic Pézerolles is well and truly on display. The dusty and pure flavors are built on a firm base of minerality, culminating in a sleekly muscled and powerful finish that seems to go on and on without end. While this cannot boast the same degree of sheer extract as the Clos des Chênes, this may be even longer lived, which is truly saying something in such rarified company. A wine for the patient as this is built for a life span that will be measured in decades, not years.  (4/2008)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Pure aromas of black cherry and licorice. Juicy, tight and sharply delineated, if in a more muscular style than the estate's top Volnays. This has strong fruit and plenty of energy but comes across as a bit youthfully tough, even peppery, today. The tannins are substantial but rather fine for Pommard. This, too, shows terrific potential. (ST)  (3/2007)

89-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Lafarge 2005 Pommard Pezerolles leads with charred meat and bitter herbal concentration, though tart red fruit – a common thread running through all of this year’s collection – is also very much in evidence. Meaty, saline, and brightly-fruited in the mouth, it nevertheless possesses such a wet stone mineral character and wears its abundant tannins so inside-out as to appear quite austere today. Time will tell whether this can integrate its tannins and its tartness – but I don’t think it will be any time soon. Arguably this formidably dense wine is marked by drought. (DS)  (6/2007)

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