93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Representing three barrels from old vines in the Maupertui section that he says give regular if low yields and (in contrast with his nearby Grands Echezeaux) consistently high sugar ('13.7% even in 1998'), Laurent’s 2005 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes offers deeply-rich aromas and flavors of almost candied black cherry fruit, roasted meats and soy. This is a wine that takes ones palate by storm, displaying enormous breadth and grip, abundant tannins, and detached but not excessive vanilla and resin notes of new wood. It will need a decade, I suspect, even to approach harmonious drinkability."
93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"Good deep red. Black raspberry and exotic oak on the nose. Sweet, dense and vibrant, with a lively spice character leavening the wine's creamy mid-palate texture. This sappy, extract-rich wine boasts terrific energy and sweetness, with minerals and spices currently overshadowing primary fruits. Finishes very long and spicy, with some oak notes and strong minerality."