2005 Domaine Vincent Girardin Quintessence de Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France 1.5L
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DescriptionDomaine Vincent Girardin Quintessence de Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France 2005, 1.5L
VINOUSSmoky aromas of flinty silex and chicken broth; in an awkward stage. Then sweeter than the basic Corton-Charlemagne bottling, at once more opulent and more closed. Can't match the '06 for grip or class but this boasts superb richness and smoky depth. Today I find this less pristine and less vibrant than the regular bottling, but it's also extremely unevolved, and longer and more powerful on the back end.
BURGHOUND(Barrel) Here the wood is a background nuance if not invisible, highlighting spicy, pure and wonderfully expressive green fruit aromas that are really quite classy while merging into rich, round and stylish medium full flavors brimming with huge amounts of dry extract and an explosive, driving and persistent finish where the wood resurfaces. This is a serious effort but one that is generous and beautifully balanced, which will permit it to age well.