Saturday, August 21, 2010

2005 Louis Jadot Vosne-Romanée

Picked this up in the PALCB Store located in Garces Trading Co in Philly, and I have to say that as much as a lot of people are upset with the fact that the state store is operating out of a restaurant, I think it is a great thing. Best thing about Garces is that it is BYO as well. The PALCB store however has a nice, climate controlled cellar, and prices are at regular retail, with no markups. That said, I picked this Burgundy off the rack to enjoy with our dinner outside on the street.

Popped and poured at our table, and sure, I knew it was going to be young, but one of the nice things about eating out is that sometimes you can source some decent bottles, and this was one of them. Nice ruby color in the glass, thinning towards the rim. You could really see the translucent ring in the Schott Zwiesel glass, and you could tell this wine needs more bottle time. On the nose, nice cherry fruit is the shining star, with some raspberry, strawberry and earthy spice. Still a bit of alcohol on the nose, but this bottles was popped a good 5 to 10 years too early.

On the palate, there was a much better fruit profile than I was expecting given the youth here. Nice medium body in the mouth, with some cherry and vanilla that I attribute to the oak. Minor spice and some floral hints as well round out the palate. Subtle tannins on the finish, and a bit of sourness round out the finish here. All in all, a decent Burg a step above entry level, but this could definitely use some more time in the bottle. If you have them, I suggest holding onto them for 5-10 years. 90 points. Cheers!

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