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I recall tasting the 2005 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts from barrel with Sylvain back in 2007 and thinking something along the lines of ""Wow."" And despite being first in the line-up of many older vintages, this still ranks as one of Sylvain's finest creations. It has a pure and precocious mint-tinged nose that is almost crystalline in its purity, deftly handling the new oak and retaining its youthful zeal. There is a sense of symmetry and precision on the palate - not a hair out of place. The fruit is slightly darker than its '02 counterpart tasted alongside. The finish offers a gentle crescendo that risks leaving the imbiber stupefied. Give it a few more years, but this is one case where I empathize with infanticide. Drink 2017-2030+ Tasted June 2014.
**Note: from a .74 ha parcel of 35 year old vines**
A subtle trace of background wood frames black and blue fruit plus rose petal and violet-infused floral aromas that are extremely primary, indeed to the point of being borderline backward that introduce wonderfully fresh, vibrant and powerful flavors that are big, robust and well-muscled though not rustic with just superb dry extract on the palate saturating finish that goes on and on. Wow and this has so much potential that it could actually surprise to the upside, just be aware that this is a wine for the patient.
Good saturated dark red. Pungent, mineral-driven aromas of raspberry, smoke, cocoa powder and spices. Silky on entry, then lush and seamless in the middle; a distinct step up in sweetness and depth from the foregoing samples. At once velvety and weightless in the manner of a top grand cru, offering superb lift, an impression of strong extract, and an ineffable floral quality. Wonderfully sappy, sweet and long on the aftertaste, with the fine-grained tannins concealed by a whiplash of fruit. I found this bottle remarkably sexy already, but it should be better a decade from now.