This is dense, with the grip of the vintage, but also admirable polish, which allows the lush raspberry, blackberry and spice notes to glide over the cocoa and mineral underpinning, followed by a long, inviting finish. (JM)
Bright red. Intensely perfumed, sexy bouquet of wild strawberry, raspberry, kirsch, Asian spices and potpourri. Suave, silky red berry flavors display liqueur-like depth and are nicely framed by fine-grained tannins. A sneaky note of licorice builds and carries through the long, sweet finish of this precise wine. (JR)
Young and still tight, the 2005 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde has solid aromatics. Gamey spiced meats, lots of minerals and ripe dark fruit show up but this bottle took some time to come around. The palate is medium bodied with a firm yet silky texture, vibrant acidity, impressive balance and a long, elegant finish. I’d give bottles another 3, if not 5, years in the cellar and then give one a try. I like the wine but think it will give more later.
A meaty, masculine and structured effort, the 2005 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is a serious wine that still needs another 2-4 years or bottle age to hit full maturity. Tar, asphalt, crushed rock and gunpowder are just some of the nuances here, and it’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated and tannic on the palate, with brilliant mid-palate density. It’s impressive and will have two decades of overall longevity when all is said and done. (JD)
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