Drouhin-Laroze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 2004
Still a very young wine with just a hint of brick colour at the edge of the glass, with a medium purple colour in the centre, not as dark as some Gevrey Chambertin wines. The nose is big and earthy with hints of forest floor and even a touch of truffle when the glass is left to sit and brood for a while, great nose. The palate was a little tight with the fruit hidden behind some mouth filling tannins, would have thought the fruit to be more pronounce the when tasting next day, it wasn’t. Should be an interesting drop when I next visit this in about a year’s time, I’m expecting the fruit to have developed.
We stumbled on this wonderful Domaine wandering around the town of Gevrey Chambertin when visiting Burgundy a couple of years ago. The Domaine is set is very pleasant ground in the heart of the town. Well worth a visit as not only is the wine good, the prices are very reasonable and the owners are very helpful and they ship to Australia and there is a really great restaurant around the corner, Chez Guy.
From the cellar purchased from the winery direct $120.00 including Customs WET tax and GST
Robertson of Clare Wines Max V 2005
A wine blended from 66% Cab.Sauv, 13.5% Malbec, 10.5% Merlot, 5.5% Cab.Franc, and 4.5% Petit Verdot. The nose shows beautifully soft but very up front wood and fruit that you could mistake for a Margaret River Cab Sav but without the EH (an Acepfv descriptor). The palate explores more of that subtle wood that just fills the mouth without overpowering everything else while giving a backbone to some wonderful fruit. Dark Berry fruits that is long on the finish with a touch of acidity to help keep everything in balance. Very impressive, thanks to The Frock Salesman for going out on a limb and choosing this.
Purchased at Villa de Este $120.00