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Yves Confuron said that he did not begin picking until "September 25th because we wanted to bring in the highest phenolic ripeness that we could without sacrificing acid balance. We also use a high proportion of stems and thus it's obviously important to have good lignification and as a consequence, we picked slowly, we sorted slowly and didn't finish until October. It was important to sort carefully as there was more rain here in the Côte de Beaune than there was in the Côte de Nuits and rot was more of an issue. Sugars were very good but not extremely high at between 13 and 13.5% and yields were relatively low at around 25 hl/ha, which is almost exactly the same as we realized in 2005. Ultimately, the fruit gave us dense but fine tannins and very good phenolic maturities. The '06s remind me more than a little of the '01s but with more material and perhaps a bit more elegance as well as the tannins really are quite fine." And as the in-bottle reviews confirm, the in-barrel quality of the '05s that I found here last year has been fully realized. Note further that while the Epenots and Rugiens are almost always top flight, the Fremiers is equally fantastic in '05 and definitely worth a search to find. The '05s were not bottled until August, 2007, which means a full 24 months of élevage.

A ripe and earthy nose features mostly red berry fruit aromas that precede the rich, full, sweet and serious medium-bodied flavors that are well-muscled and offer plenty of volume on the long and sappy finish. This delivers first-rate quality for its level and is recommended. Tasted: Apr 01, 2008 Score: 85-88 Drink: 2011+ Comments: Outstanding! Top value Issue 30 Allen Meadows; Burghound

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