Clos De La Roche Vieilles Vignes

2005 Clos De La Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot

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    Clos De La Roche
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    Pinot Noir
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Wine Critics Notes:

Allen Meadows - Score: 99 (2008 Jan.)

All the superb and dramatic complexity that this displayed from barrel has made it into bottle as an extremely ripe and fantastically broad nose soars from the glass, merging seamlessly into dense, pure rich and powerful flavors that are opulent, sweet and dripping with so much extract and sap that the combination stains and saturates the palate on the hugely proportioned yet impeccably balanced finish that is so long that it doesn't seem possible. Given how many reference standard vintages Domaine Ponsot has produced of the Clos de la Roche over the years, it would be presumptuous to anoint this as the best ever but if it isn't, it will certainly take its rightful place among the very greatest. In sum, a 'wow' wine that makes you shake your head in sheer amazement. However be aware that this is a buy and forget wine as it will require at least 15 years to shed its considerable tannins and it will see 50 years without difficulty.

Vinous - Score: - (2019 May.)

The 2005 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes was served blind, something that I must emphasize because as I tried to figure out the wine, I concluded it must be a Grenache "ringer" amongst the Pinot Noirs. The bottle had been allowed to decant and yet, although it conveyed a sense of corpulent attractiveness, even when its identity was revealed, it tasted nothing like a Burgundy, let alone a Clos de la Roche. Like other, I was deeply impressed by its showing way back in barrel and others vouchsafe its quality. However, I can only report what I found under blind conditions and leave a question mark instead of a score. Tasted at 67 Pall Mall Burgundy dinner.