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2005 Camille Giroud Chambertin Grand Cru

SKU #1139768 93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark There are actually several different cuvées of this wine and at the time of my tasting, Croix had not decided what he was going to use for the final blend. The best of them featured a reserved and very backward, indeed almost brooding nose of ripe and distinctly earth red pinot fruit plus a touch of animale that merges seamlessly into textured, powerful and pure big-bodied flavors that despite the size, richness and raw muscle are harmonious and perfectly balanced. A monument in the making but I reemphasize that this review may or may not reflect the final blend. Inner quote mark (4/2007)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is impressive, from its burst of pure blackberry flavor shaded by spice and mineral to its balance and sophistication. It's silky in texture and builds on the palate to a long finish. Needs years to harmonize completely, but this has energy and length. (BS) Inner quote mark (5/2008)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2005 Chambertin (again purchased partly as wine and set to total 250 cases) boasts an impressively healthy if not terribly dark purplish-red hue and an aroma combining lightly-cooked black raspberry, beef marrow, and pungent minerality. In the mouth, this offers satisfying plushness and a very low-toned expression of Chambertin, with cooked raspberry, black licorice, wild mushrooms, and wet stones. The sweetness is wonderfully savory but not superficial and the ineffable sense of minerality runs from the aromatic to the tactile. A faint bit of heat creeps into the finish. I miss a bit of the refinement and winsome, wafting florality of the Latricieres, but this too is a truly grand cru with at least two decades potential. (DS) Inner quote mark (4/2007)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good deep red with ruby highlights. Complex nose combines blackberry, raspberry, minerals, underbrush and cinnamon. Sweet, rich, full and fine-grained, with lovely purity and juicy lift to its dense dark fruit flavors. This very firmly structured grand cru shows a medicinal reserve today that argues for serious cellaring. (ST) Inner quote mark (3/2008)

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