Allen Meadows writes: " Frédéric Magnien calls 2005 'an easy vintage and a very nice surprise because I honestly didn't expect that we would have such excellent maturity levels. The growing season was consistent but September was magnificent as we had warm days, cool nights and no rain to speak of. The grapes were wonderfully healthy with thick skins and the cool evenings helped preserve an excellent level of acidity. The maturities, unlike several recent years, happened very gradually rather than shooting up right at the end. It really was a vintage with ideal ripening characteristics. We did have a bit of early season hail in May which hit Vosne and Chambolle but there was no impact on quality, only on quantity. And even with those reductions, overall we had what I would consider normal yields. For me, 2005 is a blend of 2002 and 2003, which combines the transparency, vibrancy and acidity of 2002 with the ripeness, concentration and phenolics of 2003. I don't believe that 2005 is as consistent as 1999 but the best '05s are better than the best '99s.' As is often the case chez Magnien, the malos here were very extended and more than a few wines displayed noticeable reduction at the time of my November visit."
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