Allen Meadows writes: "Vincent Mongeard told me in no uncertain terms that '2005 is the best vintage that I have ever vinified and I have been doing this for a while now and seen my share of impressive vintages, including 1985, 1990, 1993, 1999, and 2002. In my view, it's no contest, 2005 is superior to all of them. What sets the vintage apart in my view is not only the great raw material but the perfect balance that will enable these wines to age effortlessly. It was an easy growing season where save for a bit of hail in Echézeaux and certain parcels of Vosne, nothing went wrong. There was a bit of triage work but really very little and as such, yields were about normal. Sugars came in on average at around 13% and other than to prolong a few fermentations, I didn't chaptalize at all. The malos finished late but the lees were so clean that I still have not racked the wines. I'll probably begin the bottling in January and continue until the grands crus are ready in May.' " (01/2007)
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