2005 Burgundy: Value Cotes du Nuits

2005 Domaine Bertrand Ambroise Cote de Nuits Villages
Red Wine; Pinot Noir; Burgundy;

$34.99

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$29.74 per bottle with discount. Holiday Special: Purchase 6 or more bottles and get the 15% case discount with the above price. Valid until December 24th.
Ever since we offered our first bottle of 2005 Burgundy, our customers have been asking us for recommendations on affordable bottles. “We want $30 Burgundy … From 2005!” has become a chant/soft demand in the past months. This is difficult to do. Especially when you want the wine to be good. And especially-especially when you want it to develop and evolve in your cellar. So, here we have the 2005 Côtes du Nuits Villages from Betrand Ambroise. A wine to fulfill these many needs.I’ve come to believe we, the people who buy wine, need to be more focused on wines made for mid-term cellaring. When we budget our disposable income for our cellar, we often skip the wines that want 3-6 years of bottle age in favor of the significantly more expensive ones that need 10 years and more. Cellar great wine. It’s a good thing to do. The only problem is by the time the fancies are ready to drink, they’ve become special treasures that we spend more time thinking, “when’s a good time to drink them” than we do enjoying them. What’s worse is that we find ourselves heading to the store to pay good money for a non-mature wine for those not quite as special, but still special occasions. It may not be our anniversary or birthday, but hey we’re having a really nice dinner, why do we have to drink this wine that’s too young? The current wine-cellaring climate needs more mid-term, mid-range wine focus. Especially in Burgundy. Enter a well-priced 2005, a benchmark for $30 red Burgundy that will deliver its best in 2010 or so.This is nothing like the Bourgogne we offered earlier this year, though I like that wine as well. That is a lighter, earlier drinking wine. This has stuffing and the real ability to age. It also has the 2005 cream. The dry extract of this vintage is very high, but the tannins are round, and you have a perception of silken cream, like the tannins melt in your mouth. Add wonderfully ripe acids (which really push the aromatics) and you have fruit that will hold up for a long time. More specifically there’s a succulent gaminess that promises to stick with the wine through its evolution into bouquet and secondary flavor. While I won’t tell you that this is La Tache at 3% of the price, we’re not selling used cars, it’s not simple country Burgundy. The wine is well layered. Judging from the meaty, gamey flavor profile, I’d guess there’s a decent amount of Nuits St. Georges in the bottle. To paraphrase our new guy Patrick, there is just the right amount of those earthy Burgundian flavors. The rest is delicious 2005 fruit. When you take all that into account, who cares if it is not La Tache? It’s a Nuits St. Georges level wine with all the glory of the 2005 vintage, you can drink it with bottle age in 2011, and it’s less than $30 with the case discount. I’d be so bold as to say anyone buying a bottle of La Tache should also buy three cases of this, but they’d probably tell me not to tell them what to do, and I’d say okay can I have sip of your La Tache?And here’s a little pedigree. The 2002 was great with bottle age. Classy, multi-facted, delicious Burgundy. This wine has improved every day after we’ve opened it, and judging from the material, it should best that very good vintage. If I had possessed my current set of values/beliefs regarding mid term cellar wines back when we had the 2002, I would have a bought a case immediately. Well, there’s nothing like a second chance. – Ben Jordan
2005 Domaine Bertrand Ambroise Cote de Nuits Villages
Red Wine; Pinot Noir; Burgundy;

$34.99

  Add to Cart
$29.74 per bottle with discount. Holiday Special: Purchase 6 or more bottles and get the 15% case discount with the above price. Valid until December 24th.

Tasting Notes
The first day this was young 2005 Burgundy. We opened it with the staff, and we were extrapolating based on texture (very nice) and aroma (vigorous and intense, but primary), and we could tell there was a lot to come. The wine showed very well in a professional sense. It was impressive in its components, but not ready for the table.

Day two gave more. The fruit was emerging and the wine was already more complex from opening and integrating its components. This also seemed to focus its terroir. There’s that lovely iron flavor that makes me think there’s Nuits. St. Georges in here. There’s a definite sense of place that evolves with the wine. I can’t wait to try it again in 2010.

I love waxing on about Burgundy, so email me at ben.winehouse@sbcglobal.net if you want my impressions of our current offerings.

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