Good medium red. Dark raspberry, coffee and spicy oak on the nose; this wine’s flamboyant ripeness almost came as a shock following the more reticent 2006s. Big, round, plush and ripe, with spicy dark raspberry and chocolate flavors and considerable density for village wine. Quite smooth and harmonious at the moment: Roumier volunteered that this is not as closed yet as he expected it would be.
Very clean and fruity on the nose. Not quite as pure as Mugnier’s village Chambolle. Very easy, soft and forward – easier to drink at this point. Relatively simple frank bitter cherry flavours. Very direct.
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2015
Robert Parker 89+?
The 2005 Chambolle-Musigny – around two-thirds of it coming from old vines in high-elevation sites – offers high-toned cherry and citrus rind aromas along with pungent, musky florality. Bright cherry fruit, undertones of roast beef, and persistent inner-mouth florality lead into a refined, long, attractively lean finish, revealing abundant but sophisticated tannins that will help justify at least 3-5 years in the cellar. Given the performance of the Bourgogne, I suspect that this wine by contrast was suffering a bit of bottle shock.