- Item #: i_350544Bottle Size: 750mlBURGHOUND 94 POINTS - "A ripe yet cool and wonderfully fresh nose is composed of mostly red berry fruit, discreet spice and earth, all of which is trimmed in an extremely subtle touch of oak. There is fine delineation and plenty of minerality on the utterly delicious middle weight flavors that are perhaps a bit less powerful than one might expect in the context of the vintage on the impeccably well-balanced and gorgeously long finish. This is a wonderfully harmonious effort that is very much still on the way up but among the 3 Rousseau "big boys", this is the closest one to being able to enjoy now. That said, another 5 to 8 years will certainly return benefits."
- Item #: i_351960Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 92-94STEPHEN TANZER 94 POINTS - Bright ruby-red. Knockout nose offers crushed wild berries, cherry, cocoa powder and minerals. Thick but weightless in the mouth, with great precision to the flavors of dark cherry, raspberry, minerals and spices. In its dark fruit flavors, palate-saturating texture and sappiness, this resembles the young 2006. I find this easier to taste today than the 2005 Clos Vougeot. But the broad, serious tannins call for a decade of cellaring."
WINE ADVOCATE 92 - 94 POINTS - "As darkly rich and deep as are several of the wines in this year’s collection, it is perhaps not surprising that the Thibault Liger-Belair 2005 Richebourg – from 70 year-old vines that he speculates are the oldest in the appellation (though we’ve heard this before, at Lucien Le Moine) – would be in every sense dark and deep. Palate-staining bitter blackberry and cassis concentrates, roasted, singed meat, and pan juices, intense smokiness, and peaty earthiness mount a veritable siege of the palate. An oaky whiff of coconut and caramel is extraneous, but in this context hardly annoying. This is among the most powerful Pinots of the vintage, not at all charming, but signaling grand aspirations and potential if given at least a decade in the cellar. (The 2004 was scarcely less concentrated or darkly-hued, but displayed a bit more raw tannin and heat."
BURGHOUND 91 - 94 POINTS - "A wonderfully elegant though primary and cool nose features a superbly complex blend of red, black and blue fruit aromas as well as violets, rose petals, spice and earth notes that introduce rich, textured and powerful flavors that possess good focus, punch and vibrancy on the mouth coating, austere and strikingly long finish. This is harmonious, transparent and poised."
- Item #: i_352114Bottle Size: 750mlIn the last few vintages Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg has taken its place in the very top echelon of red Burgundy producers. While not yet as widely known as the likes of DRC, Mugnier, Rousseau or Roumier, insiders know that their beautifully perfumed, intensely flavored, firmly structured wines of quintessential grace and harmony place them right at home in this company. This soaring quality has brought critical acclaim—View From the Cellar’s John Gilman states that the domaine’s wines have moved to “the very pinnacle of quality in the Côte d'Or” and The Burghound’s Allen Meadows writes, “... over the past few years, I can't think of any domaine that has performed better.” And 2005’s perfect growing season has resulted in their best wines yet. Even by Burgundy standards, Georges Mugneret-Gibourg’s production is small and therefore particularly difficult to come by.
- Item #: i_351500Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 97ROBERT PARKER 97 POINTS: "I recall tasting the 2005 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts from barrel with Sylvain back in 2007 and thinking something along the lines of “Wow.” And despite being first in the line-up of many older vintages, this still ranks as one of Sylvain’s finest creations. It has a pure and precocious mint-tinged nose that is almost crystalline in its purity, deftly handling the new oak and retaining its youthful zeal. There is a sense of symmetry and precision on the palate – not a hair out of place. The fruit is slightly darker than its ’02 counterpart tasted alongside. The finish offers a gentle crescendo that risks leaving the imbiber stupefied. Give it a few more years, but this is one case where I empathize with infanticide. Drink 2017-2030+ (8/2014)"