Saturday, March 2, 2013

Updated Review: *** $$ Domaine de Grand Croix, Brouilly, 2005, Beaujolais, France

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Original Review, September 2007:

This is another 2005 Brouilly beaujolais from France, following from the Chateau de la Perriere, of which I was not a raving fan.

Let's see what this one is like...

In the glass, it has a nice deep magenta/purple tone. Aromas are hurtling from the glass. Smells like a swimming pool filled with just-ripe plums, a touch of laundry/chlorine coming through, not unpleasant. On the palate, a light, even touch as it enters the mouth, bright acids and almost peach coming through with the sour cherries. Balanced for a beaujolais appelation. It might come just shy of three stars, but I'll let it touch three stars of five for me because of the balance.

Pierre Rovani of Wine Advocate was even more enthusiastic than I, giving it 92 points and saying, " I flipped for the 2005 Brouilly Domaine de Grand Croix, which sports a mouth-watering nose of candied red cherries and waxy blackberries. This medium to full-bodied wine bursts at the seams with black fruits, spices, and sweet cherries. Powerfully concentrated, it is satin-textured, hugely expressive, and reveals an immensely long, sumptuous finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years"


Updated Review, a year later, September, 2008: This remains my favorite 2005 beaujolais so far. Still a strong red cherry aroma, though the laundry and chlorine have dissipated. Still I agree with my earlier mention of cherries and perhaps peach. I can't find the "sumptuous finish" that the Advocate describes. Still seems to have stuffing, and another year or two could be interesting.

Updated Review, about three years later, now six years from vintage date, November, 2011:  Red cherry lollipop essence on the nose, but muted, with a bit of an age/vegetable overlay.  Clean, balanced, light red fruit coming through on the nose.  Light touch of purple fruit, nicely balanced.  Clean finish with a tiny sparkle of tannins.  No need to hold longer.  Showing well now.


Updated Review, another year later, now almost eight years from vintage date, March, 2013:  Deep burgundy red.  Muted deep cherry fruit on the nose, with hints of oxidation.  Still fresh on the palate, light, rich, fruity, yet dry.

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