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2005 Domaine Georges Roumier Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

SKU #1036026 98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Very good colour. Marvelous fragrant Chambolle fruit on the nose. Really delicious. Splendidly abundant on the palate. Full body. Very good grip. Lots of energy and intensity, especially at the end. Yet, for once, Musigny-ish rather than Bonnes Mares-ish. Excellent. Inner quote mark (2/2018)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dense with ripe black fruit--plum, blackberry and black currant--along with mineral and spice, this starts out lush and silky. The tannins are there, but discreet and supportive, letting the fruit takes center stage. It shows great freshness and length, as the complex fruit washes over the palate. Best from 2015 through 2040. *Collectibles* (BS) Inner quote mark (5/2008)

96-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Roumier vinifies separately and later assembles the fruits of white chalk and red (iron-rich) parcels that inform his 2005 Bonnes Mares. At the time of my visit he had retained one pure barrel of each component as an investigation into terroir and the results were as fascinating as the blended wine is fascinatingly and profoundly beautiful. The ferrous lot (55% of the final assemblage) displays ripe blackberry and raspberry berries, along with (red soil-born) pungent smokiness, Chartreuse-like herbal and floral essences. A liqueur-like presentation of black fruits temporarily overshadows the mysterious (white rock-born) meld of chalky minerality and beef marrow that wells up gradually on a creamy palate with tannins of utmost refinement. The tension and energy are riveting -- lending the wine a dynamic, fleet-of-foot impression for all of its manifestly huge extract -- with incisive brightness of palate-staining fruit and vibrant minerality leading to a finish of sensational clarity and length. Even here, by the way, Roumier employs only around 40% new wood. (DS) Inner quote mark (4/2007)

96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Even after 10 years this is still relatively reserved with notes of spice, violets and blueberry that appear against a backdrop of fresh earth that can also be found on the impressively rich, intense and quite firmly structured big-boned flavors that are hugely long and built to age for decades. This will need at least another 10 years to arrive at its majority but as this is one of the longest-lived wines in all of Burgundy, it will still be alive and well in 50 years. As an aside, we gave this an hour in a decanter before serving it and it was surprisingly approachable but given that there is almost nothing present but primary fruit, I would strongly advise leaving this wine to age as it will give so much more if allowed to mature properly. Tasted on multiple occasions with consistent notes. Inner quote mark (7/2015)

96 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark As has been convincingly clear for a number of years here, the whole of the two terroirs blended is greater than the sum of their parts, as the Terres Blanches seemingly stretches out and refines the Terres Rouges a bit, while the Terres Rouges fills out and deepens the Terres Blanches. The results is one of the wines of the vintage in 2005, without a doubt. The bouquet on the completed blend is monumental, as it offers up a mélange of red and black cherries, red plums, fraises de bois, citric tones, early notes of game, a stunningly complex base of soil, cocoa, smoke, pungent violets and an ever so delicate base of vanilla. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and racy, with a palate impression analogous to a thoroughbred spoiling for a race. The finish is long and nearly endless, with laser-like focus, tangy acids, substantial and amazingly fine-grained tannins, and a driving close of soil and violets that is rather impressive. A monument in the making. I would not touch a bottle until it nears its fifteenth birthday, not for a lack of accessibility, but rather a profound respect for a wine of such magnitude. Inner quote mark (11/2006)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep red. Explosive spice on the nose, along with dark berries and peony. The palate offers brilliant definition and sap, but this baby is currently dominated by its great structure and firm tannic grip. The wine's finishing lift is extraordinary. A great wine in the making but in need of at least ten years of patience. 'The spirit of the wine is Chambolle-Musigny,' says Roumier, 'but its bones and flesh are Morey-Saint-Denis. It's like an athlete with brains.' (ST) 95+ Inner quote mark (3/2008)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Christophe Roumier’s 2005 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru performed exactly how I expected. Still youthful in appearance, it has a fabulous bouquet with blueberry, raspberry coulis, violet and incense notes, a touch of sous-bois that surfaces with time. This is exuberant and sumptuous if still very young. The palate is medium-bodied and perhaps more backward than the aromatics. This is underpinned by tightly-wound tannins that feel a tad obdurate, a little more black fruit than I expected with a touch of white pepper, a more sinewy take on Bonnes-Mares that requires six to eight more years in bottle. Don’t touch for now. Tasted at Taillevent restaurant in Paris. (NM) 95+ Inner quote mark (9/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Dark glowing garnet. Intense yet somehow hugely subtle nose. Smudge and smoke. Wonderfully rewarding; you just know you could keep coming back to this over many an hour and find something new. Great freshness and focus. Super juicy. So precise. So energetic. Great freshness and substance. The closest fruit simile is some sort of plum (because of the acid/bitter balance). But of course it is so much more than that. A hint of orange peel? Great texture. 19/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

K&L Notes

96 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "A magnificent wine in barrel, this has a broody, introverted nose that is giving very little away at the moment. But the palate displays that effortless sense of balance and natural harmony with filigree tannins and a complex finish with black cherries, loganberry, orange zest and a hint of that mango sorbet I noticed in barrel. Great length and persistency - a wine to treasure. Drink 2012-2030. Tasted February 2008."

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