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Domaine Rossignol-Trapet 2005 Bourgogne Rouge

I opened this last night, and I think the extra time helped it a bit. Rossignol-Trapet is a famous and well regarded producer in Burgundy, known for its grand cru Latriciere-Chambertin as well as its biodynamic practices.

This bottle is the entry level burgundy from no specific appellation, and from the powerful 2005 vintage. It should retail for around $25, not a bad price for burgundy. Tasting note after the jump.

Made from 100 percent pinot noir, the wine is clear, ruby red with medium intense color that fades to a pink rim.

Clean, youthful nose with medium intense aromas of black cherry, some cedar, spice, smoke and violet.

Dry, medium + acid and medium alcohol. The medium tannins show up at the very end, which makes me think this saw a bit too much new oak. And that really overshadows the fruit on the palate, which is red cherry, black tea and anise. It has medium- body. It’s medium + on the palate

This is good quality wine. It is very clean, but not stripped of character.  The oak puts it a little out of balance and the flavors are medium complex, but very focused and pure. Drink now through 2010.

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