The Chambolle Les Cras 2006 from Roumier is showing beautifully. In the bouquet lovely expressive quite openly knit fruit … notes of blueberries, strawberries, sous-bois. Still quite primary but nevertheless showing a lovely complexity. On the palate rich and quite forward red and dark fruit … fine midpalate weight … good focusing grip from the tannins in the finish. Very accessible for a young Roumier with a very nice nerve and energy. Really love the expression and the openly knit accessibility … a very beautiful effort for the vintage.
The 2010s from Dujac are brilliant and most likely the best vintage I have tasted from this fine estate. The 2010 Chambolle-Musigny village is a delightful wine … a bit restrained at first … but soon the bouquet is bursting with airy sweet red and dark fruits – notes of cassis, raspberries, blueberries and pomegranate. The nose is generously spiced with hints of rose petals and a nice earthy minerality … a almost silky scent of Chambolle. On the palate quite abundantfruit, a crisp and vibrant acidity …. lovely transparancy and display of minerality. Very god weight and intensity for this level .. elegant and refined with layers of velvet red fruit. A very impressive Chambolle village.
The 2010 Chambolle-Musigny village from Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé is surprisingly forward and open. The nose is crammed with sweet airy red berry fruit – notes of strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate spiced with hints of rose petals. On the palate lovely organic fruit – i.e. no feeling of SO2 or oak restraining the fruit significantly. It’s rich, expressive and quite silky with a lovely balancing acidity, finely grained tannins and a nice minerality for this level. A gorgeous village … the 2010s from de Vogüé are great
The Aux Beaux Bruns is a quite muscular Chambolle. This relatively unknown 1er cru is located below Les Groseilles and Les Gruenchers . The nose is quite expressive with notes of red berry fruit … cherries, plum … spiced with a earthy minerality. On the palate rich medium weight with plenty of fruit on the midpalate. Not the most focused or complex wine … but with it’s abundant fruit and forward style it’s nevertheless quite charming. Drinking well!
The Chambolle village 2005 from Domaine Dujac is still quite youthful. The bouquet is accessible and quite forward with red and blue berry fruit – quite floral spiced with oak and violets. On the palate muscular for this level with a serious midpalate weight … quite abundant fruit and a matching and powerful tannic structure. Need time to unfold the fruit – but is quite openly knit for the vintage.
The Chambolle-Musigny La Combe d’Orveau is one of the hidden gems of Cote de Nuits. Only a few producers make wine from this slightly overlooked terroir and a part of of the climate is now a part of a “rather” well known grand cru. The grand cru is of course Musigny and the story about the expansion of Musigny is also the story about La Combe d’Orveau a terroir with at least partly grand cru potential.
Chambolle Musigny La Combe d’Orveau is devided in two sections – the 1er cru and grand cru climates located just above Clos de Vougeot on the slope just south of Les Petits Musigny and the village section located further west on the border between Flagey-Echezeaux and Chambolle-Musigny – see map below.
The 2006 de Vogue wines are lovely and quite accessible. The Chambolle 1er cru is no exception with it’s fruit and mineral driven bouquet. The nose is brimming with red and dark berry fruit … a note darker than the village with a quite substantial mineral element … and a pitch of gun powder. On the palate quite big and powerful with layers of lovely fruit … forward and quite focused for the vintage. The finish is long and intense with plenty of volume and grip. A fine effort indeed … perhaps lacking a bit of transparancy compared to vintages like 2010 – nevertheless impressive for the vintage.
The Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2000 from Vogue has entered a semimatured stage and is showing well. In the nose red and dark berry fruit, sous-bois and a quite intense Chambolle minerality. On the palate very muscular and intense for the vintage – with a lovely midpalate weight and a nice vibrancy. It’s lovely balanced and with a long and powerful mineral driven finish. A very fine wine for the vintage – a beautiful expression of the great Musigny terroir.
The Amoureuses 2010 from Francois Bertheau gorgeous and enjoyable wine in the making. I tasted this from cask in the summer of 2011 where it showed a very fine promise … and I’m certainly not disappointed. In the nose layers of lovely sweet red fruit – strawberries, red currant and pomegranate – spiced with a refined minerality. On the palate airy red fruit delicately balanced and graced with the lovely minerality from the fantastic Amoureuses terroir. Not a big and dense wine, but the length and the underlying power is newertheless quite impressive in a refined and understated way. A beautiful wine … lightfooted, airy, filigree and a true pleasure.
The Bonnes Mares 2004 from Roumier is a somewhat mysterious wine. The last bottle I tasted earlier this year was austere and backward, this bottle more forward but sadly also with some slightly disturbing green notes. The bouquet is quite expressive with dark berry fruit – cassis, dark cherries – a earthy minerality and some less charming green notes. On the palate it’s powerful with fine midpalate fruit and a very fine weight for the vintage – slightly dusty and green in the finish. A big wine for the vintage – but the green notes are – although they fade after some time in the glass – somewhat problematic.
The Chambolle village is a lovely effort. Slightly reduced on the nose, but still bursting with pure red and dark fruit – crisp with a lovely minerality. On the palate intense for this level with a transparent and vibrant fruit and a lovely energy. A very charming village Chambolle in the making.
The Chambolle 1er cru is a step up in quality (made 100% from young vines on the Musigny vineyard). In the bouquet lovely red and dark candied fruit – infused with a lovely intense minerality. On the palate layers of crisp fruit – a lovely energy and tension – with a strong but refined backbone from the great Musigny terroir. Love the floral expression of the Musigny terroir – the positive energy and the balance – a gorgeous wine.
The Bonnes Mares is darker as usual – but with a surprisingly vibrant energy. In the bouquet layers of red and dark fruit – blackberries, pomegranate and red forest berries, spiced with a lovely earthy minerality. It’s intense, pure and transparent with a vibrant energy. The fruit is weighty but still expressive with a lovely tension between the red fruit and the quite firm tannins and the fine acidity. One of the best Bonnes Mares I have tasted from Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – a gorgeous wine.
The Amoureuses is truly gorgeous with a fantastic vibrant energy and tension. In the bouquet layers of red and dark fruit – blackberries, pomegranate and red forest berries, spiced with white peppar and a lovely crunchy minerality. It’s cool, pure and transparent with a vibrant energy and a very refined expression of the terroir. One of the best Les Amoureuses I have tasted from Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – a truly delightful wine.
The Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2012 is a masterpiece. The bouquet is is bursting with layers of pure and crisp pinot fruit – notes of blueberries, red cherries, pomegranate – infused with the multidimensional minerality of the Musigny terroir. On the palate layers of rich and almost velvet fruit – pure, crisp and transparent – it’s very expressive and energetic, and the fruit is perfectly supported by the very intense filigree minerality. It’s perfectly balanced and forward, with a lot of vibrant energy – a great Musigny in the making – a brilliant wine.
The Chambolle 1er cru 1999 from Vogue is starting to show the full potential. Lovely complex nose, red and darker berries, sous-bois, mushrooms and a quite intense display of Chambolle terroir. On the palate approchable with a refined and quite rich fruit – very harmonius with a intense and firm mineralic backbone. Starting out slightly edgy in the finish … but after one hour in the glass it starts to resolve and show even more refinement and complexity. A very fine and gorgeous “junior” Musigny … need 5 to 8 years to unfold completely.
The Musigny is a big step up in all dimensions. The nose is bursting with layers of pure and vibrant fruit – pomegranate and forest berries – infused with a deep and intense minerality. It’s very pure, filigree and refined. On the palate layers of intense and energetic fruit – powerful but still very airy and refined – with a very strong mineralic backbone. The finish is very long and mineral driven. Love the tension and energy – a classic Musigny – a gorgeous wine.
I love this terroir – so I might be a bit biased here. The 2012 Amoureuses offer a truly lovely floral and mineralic nose – with layers of crisp red fruit – and a delicate and complex expression of terroir. On the palate very filigree and refined, with a juicy fruit on the midpalate and a beautiful underlying minerality and fresh acidity. Adore the energy and vibrancy of this wine – eureka!
The Bonnes Mares is quite a big step up in weight from the Amoureuses. In the nose layers of dark and red fruit with a deep partly earthy minerality – is a combination of terres blanc and terres rouges terroir. On the palate rich and quite weighty fruit – effortless power – with a magnificent balance and very fine length. A textbook Bonnes Mares … and then some!
Les Fuees 2012 from Mugnier is a step up in complexity from the village Chambolle. In the nose a slight reduction but also a gorgeous red airy fruit and a delicate Chambolle minerality. On the palate a very delicate balance and tension between the energetic fruit and the quite filigree minerality. Really love the expression of this wine – the essence of a true Chambolle terroir.