Gevrey-Chambertin 2005, Lignier-Michelot

We tasted a magnum of the Cuvee Bertin named after the winemakers' son. Decanted two hours in advance the nose was a pleasing ripe strawberry and raspberry with a pinch of vanilla. Although ripe, the nose remained fragrant and didn't have the power of other 2005s. Perfectly correct on the palate although a touch light for a Gevrey and in particular for a 2005 Gevrey. I missed the typical spicy tannins. The jury is out on this wine. Sits somewhere between 'just decent' and 'quite nice'. You'll hear similar comments about the Lignier-Michelot Morey-Saint-Denis 2005 from a fellow Burgundy connoisseur. In terms of evolution, the 2005 pinots are all quite forward and this was already accessible. Invoking the Chua-Bevan bottle format ageing scale I suggest a 750ml bottle would be drinking perfectly well from 2008.


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