A White Burgundy that did not disappoint

Chassagne Montrachet, Grande Montagne 2005 (Louis Jadot)

I am always rather nervous about broaching some of my finer bottles of white burgundy having had so many costly disappointments in recent years, mostly from vintages in the late 1990s and early noughties. On New Year's Eve thankfully this wine did not disappoint:  mid-straw to gold; rich, ripe honeyed aromas with smoky complexity; rich on the palate, almost to the point of sweetness, honeyed fruit yet minerally too, very fine now with the capacity to keep and develop over the next five years.

Scoring

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