Joseph Roty, Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Fontenys 2005

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95 points Wine Advocate

The Rotys’ 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Fontenys really shows the class of its origins, high up on Gevrey’s south side against Ruchottes-Chambertin. A nose of black fruits and underbrush leads to an intense, clear, bright, and silken-textured palate full of beef marrow, black cherry, plum, blueberry and brown spices. A firm chalky, stony character underlies this wine’s long finish of deep fruit and dark forest floor. For all of its dark shadings, its super-saturation of ripe fruit, and its obvious extract, this retains an invigorating freshness, elegance, and eloquent clarity. Lock it away though for at least a decade. (DS) (7/2007)

94 points John Gilman

The lone premier cru in the Roty stables will be quite the thoroughbred this year. The nose on the ’05 Fontenys is very, very deep and sappy, as it offers up notes of black cherries, plums, dark berries, herb tones, a great base of soil, bitter chocolate and cedary wood. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and rock solid at the core, with great, tangy acids, beautiful focus and grip, and plenty of ripe, well-integrated tannins on the very long, primary finish. Grand cru weight and depth this year without a doubt. (Drink between 2017-2050)(11/2007)

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