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2005 Domaine Geantet-Pansiot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Poissenots"

SKU #1090101 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From a single premier cru parcel planted by Geantet’s grandfather in 1949 in the nose-bleed bleachers of the commune (above Lavaux St.-Jacques and Les Verroilles), the 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin Le Poissenot displays a uniquely alkaline, and maritime note in the nose, along with scents of ripe black cherry and roasted game. This presents terrific depth and richness on the palate, offering a veritable butcher shop of carnal delights, including raw beef, salted, smoked pork and long-hung game. Not that fruit is slighted: there is strong, sweetly ripe black cherry throughout, and a malbec-like amalgam of black raspberry, white pepper and cardamom emerges as the wine takes on air. Creamy, rich, sappy, and sleek, this finishes with gum-clinging strength and refinement, invigoratingly saline and brightly black-fruited. A delight already, this distinctively superb Gevrey will no doubt benefit from 5-7 years of cellaring. (DS) Inner quote mark (6/2007)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep red-ruby. Captivating aromas of wild black raspberry, minerals and game, along with a saline note. Suave and fine-grained on entry, then at once saline and sweet in the middle, with lovely mounting mineral perfume toward the back. Offers a more pliant texture and silkier tannins than the En Champs, suggesting that this very long wine will be drinkable a bit earlier. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2007)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark *Outstanding* A much more elegant and high-toned nose of red and blue pinot fruit aromas nuanced by mineral and violet hints complement perfectly the precise, mouth coating and nicely powerful flavors that have an interesting saline quality to them, all wrapped in a stony, pure and sappy finish. This is a really lovely combination of power and finesse with a cool and reserved character. Drink 2103+. Inner quote mark (1/2007)

K&L Notes

From 49-62 year old vines. Burghound adds: "Vincent Geantet was more expansive than usual saying that 2005 gave him '20% lower than average yields. I was perhaps too severe in my pruning but better too little than too much. The low yields gave excellent sugars and I didn't have to chaptalize at all. The crop was super clean...I think it's a terrific vintage as the skins were thick and the extractions happened easily. The wines are concentrated and blessed with really ripe phenolics plus they're balanced and will age slowly. It's one of those rare vintages that has so much fat that the wines will be approachable young but should age magnificently well. In this aspect, it reminds me of the 1990s, which have pretty much always drunk well.' I have been visiting this domaine for a long time, in fact Geantet was one of the first people I met when I began visiting Burgundy years ago. I have always liked the wines and collected them selectively with pretty good results over time but I must say that I have never seen a better vintage than 2005 at this domaine. The Geantet wines tend to emphasize fruit rather than structure but in '05 there is a more interesting balance between the two elements...almost any of the wines are worth a close look." (1/2007)


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