2005 Beaujolais - especially Michele Tete

I tried the 2005 Clos du Fief, Michele Tete, Julienas, Cuvee Prestige on release.
I really enjoyed it so I bought a bunch.

I’ve tried it every few years since then and it has always been closed ie. not very good.
Most recent bottle was in November.

Is this an issue with all/most 2005 Beaujolais ?
Is it peculiar to this Producer ?
Just my bottles ?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts ?


2005 is an especially structured vintage for Beaujolais, unlike any I’ve experienced.

Event the convincing bottles are still very young and some still shut down. My experience is mainly with Coudert and Desvignes. I wouldn’t give up hope, but I would let them rest a few more years before going back. That’s my plan, anyway.

I’m not really sure what to make of this vintage as the wines have been so shut down for so long. I think they will probably skip the intermediate gamay stage and go straight pinotte. I think they will end up being great ringers in Burgundy tastings.

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I find it hard to disagree with anything Nathan said. I have high expectations for them, but expect it may be several more years. I may well finish my 2007s before really starting on the 2005s.

This was my note for a 2005 Diochon Moulin-a-Vent VV from over the summer. This one was certainly still shut down. There doesn’t seem to be a reason to drink them at this point.

  • 2005 Domaine Diochon Moulin-à-Vent Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent (8/24/2015)
    Decanted prior to serving. This bottle wasn’t giving up anything on the nose and very little on the palate. Raspberries were starting to come out on the palate, but there was a good bit of acid as well. I don’t know if this was a questionable bottle or if the wine needs more time. I’ll sit on the last bottle for a couple of years and see what happens.

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2005 Clos du Fief, Michele Tete, Julienas, Cuvee Prestige

Patience required. The wine is now lovely. Quaffable! Still lots of fruit and vigor, nicely integrated with smoothed structure. Several more years of life ahead, it’s partially - “Pinotte”. The gamey aspects have mellowed. It’s missing the nuances of a comparable Burgundy but there’s plenty to like. No discernible wood, heat and the ripeness is on point. Wish I had a couple more.