2005 Sylvie Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques
Red Burgs from this vintage are not particularly made for early enjoyment in my view.
However, we (a group of wine lovers and me sitting in a restaurant) were just too curios about this wine given its high Parker rating.
Deep, rich purple-red. Red fruits on the nose with notes of smoke and oak. Rich yet delicate. Modern styled wine where purity is prioritized over complexity.
It confirms the aromatics on the palate: mouth-watering warm fruit, rather low acidity, some oakiness. The tannins are giving a good structure, beautiful mouth-feel. Fairly long finish. It's a pleasure to ejoy this although there are far better representations of this fantastic terroir, e.g. from Rousseau and Fourrier.
I'd drink this from now on until about 2025. - My subjective rating: 92/100.2005 Domaine Joseph Roty Gevrey-Chambertin
Roty wines reward those who are patient. In general it makes no sense to drink them young. Sometimes it works nevertheless.
The color is deeper and more impressive than the one from the above wine. At first rather vague on the nose with notes of griottes, rustic Syrah, rotten wood, fresh meat, smoke and resin from pinetrees.
Roty lovers know: let airing fix the problem. It works in most cases.
After 2-3 hours of airing the wine is demonstrating much better integration, the nose is now focused, cleaner and fruitier.
Impressive showing on the palate for a Villages wine: highly aromatic, powerful, racy minerality, persistent with a complex finish.
Roty's old vines deliver consistently superior results (if compared to peers). This old-fashioned authentic type of Burgundy is really unique.
I'd drink this between 2018 and about 2030. - My subjective rating: 92+/100.