2005 Domaine Michel Gros Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Clos de Réas"

SKU #1032485 92-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Although the blend will be equal measures of new and old oak, my sample came from a new barrel and so as expected has a very vanillary, opulent nose whilst the palate is very sweet and quite floral with oodles of cassis and blueberry. Good acidity cutting through all that opulence. The components suggest this will be a sensuous, almost exotic Clos des Reas. (NM)  (1/2007)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Exhibits plenty of spicy oak, along with macerated cherry, plum and licorice. It's balanced, if sharp and peppery, and shows class, with a long finish. Needs time for all the components to come together. Best from 2012 through 2025. (BS)  (5/2008)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A mix of Vosne spice and wood spice adds nuance to the dense dark black cherry aromas that complement the rich, concentrated, sweet and intense full-bodied flavors that are moderately structured, complex and palate staining. The dusty finish displays a solid but ripe tannic spine and this should age well over the mid-term, which is to say over the next 10 years. (AM)  (1/2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Vines planted in 1960, 1990, 1995 and 2000. About 50% new oak. Exceptionally youthful looking. Deep purplish crimson. Whereas the nose is extremely developed and smells almost like powdered soup – very savoury, very umami - there is a wonderful spread of violets and quite delicate flavours on the palate. The most discreet of frameworks is in the background. But you could enjoy this wine now too. Very fresh, clean and energetic. Sucky-stone effect on the finish. 18/20 Points (JR)  (7/2015)

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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Vosne Romanee

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