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2005 Meursault “Le Limozin,” Xavier Monnot
Established in 1723, Xavier Monnot has had nine generations of ancestry toil in the family vineyards before him. In 1994, fresh out of oenology school, he took up with his grandfather, René and began to replant all of the lower quality yielding parcels. In addition to this upgrade, he also sought to modernize the winemaking facilities. His efforts have paid off, as the Monnot wines of this generation show off a delicate balance of racy acidity, fleshy fruit, and terroir-driven minerality. The Monnot vineyards stretch from one end of the Côtes du Beaune to the other, yet the domaine has been in the heart of Meursault since its founding. The Limozin vineyard is located just south of the village bordered by the famous premier cru vineyards of: Les Poruzots, Les Charmes, and Les Genevrières. Monnot is known for his careful usage of new oak, which give his wines a mellow mouth feel. It is very drinkable now, but will develop further complexity with short to medium term cellaring.

2005 Gevrey-Chambertin, Dominique Gallois
In 1989, the son of a pastry chef, and a former pastry chef himself, Dominique Gallois tossed his chapeau in the ring with all of the celebrity vignerons of Gevrey-Chambertin, and has being achieving success ever since. Known for deep, dark, Pinot Noir, Gallois’ wines are braced by the earthiness specifically reflecting the terroir of the grapes’ origins. Better known as a winemaker that lets the wine do the talking for him, Gallois has this to say regarding the 2005 vintage, “(A) superb vintage, indeed I would go so far as to say that it was truly a dream vintage. It was essentially perfect from start to finish and while it was dry, the vines got rain exactly when they needed it and the crop was healthy, clean, ripe and with good if not really abundant yields”. Also, “Really, I can’t say enough good things about 2005 and to my mind, it’s a great vintage that we’ll be drinking 30 years from now”. A statement like that from the likes of Gallois is impressive to say the least. We feel this wine is a great representative of vineyard, vintage, and producer. It will definitely benefit the patient ones who lay it down for a long slumber. If you absolutely must serve it in its youth, we recommend the wine be decanted for at least sixty minutes. - Peter Zavialoff