*** Sweet Spot - Outstanding *** By contrast to the toast of the Taillepieds, here the wood is more deftly applied as it is seamlessly integrated on both the nose and the palate, particularly on the rich, full, sweet, intense and powerful flavors where the obvious muscle continues onto the less mineral-infused but with even more impressive raw material. This is flat out superb and it's remarkable just how different these two wines are from one another, yet the vineyards abut.
Deep ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry and licorice, with a suggestion of cassis reduction. Densely packed but juicy and sharply delineated, with flavors of kirsch stone, bitter chocolate and licorice. Finishes scented and long, with firm tannins that are a bit sweeter than usual for this cuvee But this is a less elegant style than the Caillerets. Unless otherwise noted, all subsequent 2005 samples had not yet been racked in November. (ST)
The Bouchard 2005 Volnay Clos des Chenes announces itself with site-typical black cherry and freshly grated ginger. This features bright, fresh, sweet fruit and chalky minerality in the manner of the Cuvee Carnot, but with greater generosity, admirable concentration and a luscious, persistently fresh-fruited, gingery finish. (DS)
Cask sample. Slightly lighter colour than the Caillerets. Cake spice and plums but still fresh. Plums and cherries on the palate, sweet and fresh. Delicious. More autumnal than the Caillerets. 18/20 points. (JH)
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