2005 Domaine Louis Jadot Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

SKU #1179263 98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, full deep red. Pungently mineral aromas of raspberry, dried flowers, flint, smoke, mocha and underbrush. A monumental wine of ungodly intensity and extract without any impression of excess weight. The dusty, tactile extract fills the mouth with spicy, minerally, high-toned perfume, and the wine ascends to an even higher level on the peacock's tail of a finish, which boasts great energy and persistence. I drank this bottle over a period of four nights (one of us has to show some restraint), and oxygen couldn't kill, much less flatten, its treble tones, even as its volume and sweetness expanded. I hope I have a chance to revisit this at its peak, in about 20 years. (ST) 98+  (3/2008)

94-97 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is notably riper than any other in this group of Gevrey grands crus with a profoundly complex nose of red and black pinot fruit, warm earth, underbrush, game, anise, clove, mocha and roasted coffee hints that introduce rich, full and intense flavors that are packed with potential on the serious and chewy finish that is both concentrated and powerful while seeming to go on forever. There is quite simply another dimension here that takes the '05 Bèze well beyond its stable mates but be prepared to wait as this will need 15 to 20 years in the cellar first. Sublime. *Don't Miss!*  (4/2007)

95 points John Gilman

 The 2005 Clos de Bèze from Maison Jadot is still a very young and primary wine, but its ultimate quality is manifest. The bouquet is very deep, pure and vibrant, as it soars from the glass in a blend of red and black cherries, Gevrey spice tones, incipient notes of grilled meat, complex soil tones, mustard seed and espresso. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and hermetically sealed today, with a rock solid core of fruit, firm, well-integrated tannins, snappy acids, stunning focus and exceptional length and grip on the youthful and intense finish. This will be a great, great vintage of Jadot Clos de Bèze, but like all of the top wines from the 2005 vintage, patience is absolutely mandatory. Drink between 2025-2075.  (5/2010)

95 points Wine Spectator

 A monolith now, with a core of sweet cherry locked in by the firm structure. There's also a lot of spicy oak. The tannins are substantial and dominate today, but all the components are there. A very fresh, lively red, with a long finish. *Collectibles* (BS)  (5/2008)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep black cherry, charred meatiness, rose and licorice give away the identity of Jadot’s 2005 Chambertin Clos de Beze. Firm tannins and mouth-filling but bitter black cherry fruit, along with black licorice, wet stones, smoky black tea and Latakia tobacco feature on the palate, and there is a savage grip in the the finish. This lacks the refinement and elegance of many of the best 2005s from this great site, but bids fair to make up for this in sheer intensity and mysteriously complex depth. Here is a potentially ageless wine that doesn’t merely typify the dark side of 2005, but is a veritable Darth Vader of the vintage. (DS)  (6/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 Deep colour and very headily seductive nose. Amazing concentration and layers. Without simply being sweet and rich. Admirable superiority. Great racy dry texture but with truly throat warming fruit. Really exciting stuff. Long, concentrated yet dry and delicate. Great freshness. 19/20 points. (JR)  (8/2007)


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