2005 Chateau de La Tour
Clos Vougeot VV
"This will last for 50 years or longer. I quite like this."-Burghound
The 2005 vintage in Burgundy is legendary. No young vintage that I've tasted has even come close to the power, structure and terroir expression. Without a doubt, it's one for the long haul.
For Chateau de La Tour, 2005 was a breakout vintage for their Clos Vougeot, especially their old vine bottling. I can clearly remember everyone talking about the wine when it was released.
Chateau de La Tour's Clos Vougeot is sourced from 95 year old vines. The age of the vines announces themselves boldly with an insane amount of mineral drenched concentration.
Amongst the Grand Crus, Clos Vougeot can sometimes miss delivering the complexity and finesse that one expects. However, anyone who's tried Mugneret-Gibourg's or Leroy's Clos Vougeots know just how impressive this Grand Cru can be. Back in the day, it was Chateau de La Tour that was held up as the benchmark of the Grand Cru.
2005 marks the vintage where Chateau de La Tour returned to form. The 2005 Clos Vougeot is INTENSE. Burghound's note captures this really well: "palate saturating and hugely concentrated flavors that exude power and punch yet there is real depth as well, all wrapped in a very firmly but not aggressively structured finish."
It's this combination of concentration with balance and elegance that promises that this will age a very, very long time. Burghound has notes for a 1899 that he tasted in 2008 that was stunning.
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Burghound: "This too is very densely fruited with the same intense floral notes but here the fruit is darker with blue and black berry aromas that continue onto the palate saturating and hugely concentrated flavors that exude power and punch yet there is real depth as well, all wrapped in a very firmly but not aggressively structured finish that leaves no doubt that this will last for 50 years or longer. I quite like this but readers should note that this is a wine expressly made for those who intend to cellar and forget it for a long while."