A near perfect white burgundy

I have been on a sugar-free diet since the beginning of the month (which sadly precludes alcohol) but I allowed myself the luxury of sharing a bottle of white burgundy with friends this weekend. I should point out that following a sugar free diet means that my taste has changed and become much more sensitive to sugar.  Anything with sugar tastes very sweet indeed (thank goodness I have not had to taste any basic Aussie Chardonnay) and for some reason that I haven't fathomed out red wines taste slightly bitter. Anyway this wine is properly dry as it should be.  There have been problems with premature oxidation of white burgundies in recent years so I opened this bottle with some trepidation (although to be fair Louis Jadot were not one of the worst offenders). Despite the warm vintage I am pleased  to say that I foind this wine to be in perfect condition:

Chassagne Montrachet, Grande Montagne 1er Cru 2005 (Louis Jadot) **** / *****

pale straw in colour; open on the nose, ripe but subdued with beautifully integrated oak and a toasted almond and brazil nut character; soft, deliciously savoury - toasty flavours, incisive lemony acidity, minerally, great balance and poise with a well defined finish. This is top notch, perfect now and over the next three years. 18.5 


19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)

17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)

15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)

13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)

10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)

8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)

Below 8 Faulty