The Chambolle village is as always a step up in delicacy and refinement. The bouquet is slightly closed – but still showing fine notes of raspberries and cherries – spiced with hints of allspice and cinnamon. On the palate quite rubust fruit – intense with a playful Chambolle minerality. More tannins than usual – but still quite juicy with a good energy and nerve. A lovely expressive Chambolle village … cant rival the gorgeous 2010 and the 2012 though.
The Chambolle-Musigny 2012 is gorgeaus and perhaps even better than expected. The nose is popping with red fruits – cherries, boysen berries, raspberries .. vibrant and juicy with a quite pronounced Chambolle minerality. On the palate medium weight with a lovely balance between the juicy fresh fruit and the underlying chambolle minerality. A terroir driven village with a lovely acidity … focused, energetic and vibrant … love it.
The Chambolle-Musigny 2010 from Dujac is a brilliant effort – and most likely the best village I have tasted from this fine estate. In the bouquet juicy airy fruit – raspberries, cherries – spiced with at crunchy Chambolle minerality and a liger-belair like hint of oak. On the palate cool and airy fruit – weighty, silky, rich and focused. The effortless intensity in this wine is truly impressive – and so is the zen like balance – love the cool refined expression of the Chambolle terroir … what a village wine.
The Chambolle La Combe d’Orveaux 2012 is a magnificent effort from Bruno Clavelier … one of the very best wines I have tasted from this fine domaine. The bouquet is bursting with layers of juicy red berry fruit … very forward, airy and expressive … all intensified by the powerful minerality from the vineyard located just south of and above Petits Musigny. On the palate layers of open, rich and velvet fruit – very expressive and charming … with the very powerful minerality as a focusing element. Its long, powerful and intense – a stony fist in velvet fruit. In my view very close to grand cru level … very accessible for a young Clavelier.
The Bourgogne Blanc 2002 from Domaine Comte de Vogüé is showing very well now. The nose is bursting with layers of tightly knit yellow fruit – hints of apple, hazelnuts and refreshed by a citrus infused filigree minerality. On the palate surprisingly weighty and intense with a lovely nerve and focus. This bottle could improve with 5 years more in the cellar … but is showing beautifully now. Love the fruit intensity and the focusing minerality from the great Musigny terroir.
The Amoureuses 2011 from Vogue is a gorgeously juicy and transparent wine for the vintage. In the bouquet sweet and crisp jellied fruit – notes of pomegranate and red forest berries – supported by a intense filligree minerality. On the palate layers of vibrant red fruit – very transparent and intense with a long mineralic finish. Love the purity, transparency, nerve and tension in the fruit – a very charming wine. Vogüé really nailed the 2011s.
I was very impressed and delighted when I tasted the 2012 reds from cask, and recent tastings of the first 2012s from bottle more than confirm the very positive first impressions.
The 1995 edition of the Chambolle Musigny 1er cru has entered a quite lovely mature stage. The bouquet is expressive and forward offering fine red fruit, with notes of sous-bois, hints of truffle and a nice classic Chambolle minerality. On the palate mature red fruit – medium weight – with a nice mineralic backbone. Forward and quite lovely .. but somehow lacking a bit of focus and definition. Its however balanced and pure offering excellent drinkability now. Will most likely keep .. but why wait.
Note: This is the first vintage of the Chambolle 1er cru made from the younger vines on the grand cru Musigny vineyard.
The Amoureuses 2004 from Vogüé has entered a lovely matured stage with expressive red fruit, with a lovely balance and delicacy. The bouquet starts out discretely but the red fruits quite rapidly takes over in the glass – with notes of cherries, forest strawberries and raspberries … spiced with a hint of cinnamon and a ample Chambolle minerality. On the palate lovely resolved red fruit … almost suave with a initial rich mouthcoating feel … then perfectly balanced by the fine acidity and the strong mineralic framework. A gorgeous 2004 … adore this terroir.
The Chambolle Fuees from Mugnier is in my view one of the most delightful wines in Burgundy … and the 2011 edition is certainly no exception. The bouquet is quite tight initially – but after some time in the glass it starts to unfold with red fruits – spiced with hints of gooseberries, red currant and a whiff of cumin. On the palate surprisingly substantial with layers of ripe fruit … beautifully focused by a lovely minerality. Adorable … and very impressive for the vintage.
The Chambolle-Musigny 2012 from Philippe Pacalet is showing the goods. The nose is forward with decadent red fruit – spiced with cinnamon, all spice and gooseberries … very expressive and organic. On the palate rich and lush for this level … still vibrant .. with a lovely Chambolle minerality underneath – quite mouthcoating and delightful. Adore the drinkability.
The Chambolle 1er cru 2003 from Vogue is quite open with some maturing notes. In the nose red fruit, prunes, liquorice with hints of oriental spices. The fruit notes are somewhat sweet and dense. On the palate somewhat dense and sweet – but quite fresh for a 2003 Burgundy. It’s lush and openly knit but also quite well structured with good grip from the ripe tannins – the very slight hint of sharp acidity in the finish is slightly disturbing. Nevertheless a very nice and enjoyable 2003.
The 2009 edition of the Chambolle Musigny 1er cru has entered a closed stage. The nose is currently offering warm fruit – notes of dried fruits, plum, cassis, liquorice and spiced with cinnamon, all spice and different Christmas scents. On the palate quite dense and intense fruit .. fine weight but not much minerality and transparency currently. It showed much better just after the release … but now it really needs 10 years or more to display its terroir and pinot character. Should have been decanted like the 2005 and 1999.
The 2006 Chambolle 1er cru quite forward with its fruit and mineral driven bouquet. The nose is brimming with red and dark berry fruit … a note darker than the 2007 and the 2008. On the palate quite big and powerful with layers of lovely fruit … forward and 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 transparency compared to vintages like 2010 – nevertheless very impressive for the vintage.
The 2004 Chambolle 1er cru is showing very well for the vintage. In the nose relatively dark fruit with notes of sous-bois. On the palate quite weighty ripe fruit .. a bit sturdy and rustic .. still with some slightly edgy tannins. It’s a bit floral with a slight herbal note .. but not green like quite many 04s. A surprisingly lovely 04 … offer a lot of good drinking especially with food.
The Bonnes Mares 2011 from Groffier is a disappointing effort in my view. The bouquet is currently dominated by some hints of reduction and a rather dense note of oak – underneath layers of dense rich and dark fruit. On the palate big and burly with a quite dense and meaty fruit – “spized” with a quite heavy expression of oak. Its somewhat openly knit and not very well focused. I’m sure the oak will integrate as time matures the wine … but this is nevertheless far from the style of Burgundy I prefer to enjoy. I think its hard to find a red thread in the wines from Groffier stylewise … the Amoureuses 2010 was just gorgeous, transparent and vibrant … and then this dense and meaty wine.
The Chambolle Musigny 1er cru 2010 from Vogue is a truly lovely wine with tremendous nerve and energy. In the bouquet lovely cool and crystal clear red fruit – forest strawberries, raspberries with perfumed tones of grape fruit and a lovely intense minerality. On the palate beautiful lively red fruit with delicate balance and refined minerality. It’s very vibrant with an energetic, focused and long mineralic finish. The fruit is cool and crystal clear with a gorgeous nerve – light-footed but also intense. Will be very interesting to follow this wine … great juice.
I really adore the 2002s from de Vogüé … they are vibrant and expressive with a delightful expression of Chambolle terroir. The 1er cru 2002 is showing beautifully. In the bouquet framboise, red cherries and hints of strawberries and sous-bois. Quite open and charming with delicate fruit notes, a lovely Chambolle minerality is oozing from the glass – a really fine expression of the terroir. On the palate layers of red lush fruit, sweet vibrant notes but with a fine and firm structure from the terroir. The energetic expression of minerality is gorgeous … adding nerve and true class to this lovely wine … great pleasure.
The Chambolle 1er cru 2001 from Vogue is really beginning to show. The bouquet is now quite open with red fruits – raspberries – fine Chambolle minerality with hints of sous-bois and a slight orange note. The palate is slightly more closed, with lovely expressive red fruits but with a core of slightly unresolved dark fruit. The finish is almost there with lovely fruit and a nice display of minerality. Need a few years more … a gorgeous 2001 with balance and lovely pinot fruit.
The 1999 edition of the Chambolle 1er cru from Vogüé is showing beautifully after three hours of decanting. The fruit is still relatively dark but offering sweet red notes and a nice sous-bois infused minerality. On the palate quite weighty with red and dark berry fruit … not fully resolved … but showing well. It feels a bit old school the 1999 when compared to the other more recent vintages … but it is a very lovely wine. Need 5 years more to unfold … always a treat.