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Oct 8, 2011 01:20 PM

2005 1er Cru Chassagne-Montrachet - How long to cellar?

I've been holding onto a 2005 pinot - this wine - for a few years now.

Frankly, I don't know that much about the aging potential of red burgundies, but I enough that what I have here isn't exactly a long-hauling Barolo, but then, it's not exactly a Bojo Nouveau either. Though I'm itching to pop the cork, would I be better served by waiting a few more years?

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  1. IN GENERAL... With good cellar conditions, more time won't hurt the wine. Premier Cru Red Burgundies can easily go ten years, as a rule. But whether or not you'd be "better served" now or later depends on how you like to drink Red Burgundies. Some people like them with lots of age. Others not so much. There is no one singular answer to your question.

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    1. re: Brad Ballinger

      Thanks Brad.

      To your question 'how you like to drink Red Burgundies' I suppose I have two answer: 'A lot' & 'As often as possible'!

      Still, I think most of my experience with RB have been with fairly recent vintages. What does age impart on these wines? I mean, it seems to me they're already fairly soft and well-rounded. Does aging make that even more so?

      1. re: thebenc

        If you are enjoying them young, then you might simply enjoy your wine right now. However, if you want to experience a mature Burgundy, and don't have freinds who can open one for you, you can certainly visit your C-M in 2015-2020.

    2. I would say from now, until about 2020. Much will depend on your personal tastes.



      1. The saying goes: "drink 'em young or old, but never in between." Red Burgundies tend to "shut down" over time as the vibrant, youthful fruit fades, a bit, leaving the tannins more at the forefront of the wine. After a decade or so they re-emerge with greater complexity and depth. 2005 was an outstanding vintage, but most of these wines are shut down. A 1er Cru, even from Chassagne will benefit from more time in the bottle. That said, I opened the Drouhin 1er cru Clos des Mouches last weekend and, after some vigorous decanting, it was delicious! If you open it, swirl it around in a decanter or large pitcher and you'll probably have a great wine. If you decide (or decided) to open it, let us know what you thought.

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        1. re: richardsld

          In the end, I decided to leave him alone for a few more years. Back to the cellar he went, visions of 2018 dancing in his mind.

          And now, to find some young Burgundy...

          1. re: thebenc

            Although the 2009's will age quite well, they are drinking beautifully now. You might like to check some out. :-)

            1. re: thebenc

              Possibly a good plan - unless the "Mayan Calendar" is correct...?

              Then, you might want to move things up a bit.