Robert Parker 95
Tasted at La Paulee in Meursault. I had heard that La Grande Rue had improved considerably in recent vintages and this was finally proof. A bottle proffered at La Paulee, this has a wonderful, pure nose of wild strawberries, kirsch, raspberry and a touch of Clementine. Sensuous and seductive, as is the supple, beautifully balanced palate with rounded, supple tannins and so much elegance that it fully justifies its enviable geographical location. Raspberry, damson and wild strawberry on the plush finish. There is a surfeit of panache here, in a Romanee-St.-Vivant kind of way. Divine. Drink now-2015+ Tasted November 2008.
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2015
Good deep red. Coolish, discreet aromas of cherry, minerals and menthol. Broad, lush and pure; a step up in sweetness and flesh from this estate’s other 2005s but with strong mineral and crushed stone elements giving real punch to the red fruit and floral flavors. This has real grand cru weight and palate presence. Finishes with harmonious tannins and superb aromatic persistence. A beauty-and built for long life in bottle.