Beginning with the 2002 vintage, Gerard Raphet decided to segregate the fruit from his oldest vines to produce 50-100 cases a year of something really distinguised. The 2005 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes announces itself with meaty, slightly sweaty aromas, and a hint of rhododendron undergrowth. It comes onto the palate with the richness of a concentrated meat stock mingled with high toned distilled plum and Syrah-like notes of black pepper. This vigorous, concentrated, sappy Pinot offers abundant tannins relatively covered by an almost thick richness, and a pungent and bittersweet finish that really sticks to the palate... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Nearly perfect... all the finesse of burgundy. The vintage certainly helps.
Nearly perfect... all the finesse of burgundy. The vintage certainly helps.9.5