Bruno Clavelier, Chambolle Musigny La Combe d’Orveaux 2012

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine – (93 – 94p) – Tasted 18/07/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Bourgogne Blanc 2002

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.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Good+ – (88p) – Tasted 11/07/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle Les Amoureuses 2011

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 03/07/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 1995

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from now) – Very Good – (89p) – Tasted 28/06/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle Les Amoureuses 2004

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2016) – Fine+ – (92 – 93p) – Tasted 28/06/2014

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J.-F. Mugnier, Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuees 2011

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Fine (91 – 92p) – Tasted 13/05/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle Musigny 2012

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Good+ (90p) – Tasted 28/05/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2003

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from Now) – Very Good – (88p) – Tasted 01/04/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2009

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Good+ – (91p) – Tasted 01/04/2012

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2006

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Fine – (92p) – Tasted 01/04/2013

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2004

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from Now) – Very Good – (89p) – Tasted 01/04/2014

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Domaine Robert Groffier, Bonnes Mares 2011

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2024) – Very Good – (88 – 90p) – Tasted 13/05/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2010

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2027) – Very Fine – (94p) – Tasted 01/04/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2002

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Very Fine – (93p) – Tasted 01/04/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2001

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2017) – Fine – (92p) – Tasted 01/04/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 1999

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Very Fine 93p – Tasted 01/04/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2005

The 2005 version of the Chambolle 1er cru is a powerful but surprisingly refined effort after 3 hours of decanting. The nose is crammed with red berry fruit … ripe, sweet and intense … but also fresh and quite transparent offering a nice view to the Musigny terroir. On the palate layers of intense red berry fruit … again surprisingly elegant and airy for the vintage, with a lovely and powerful underlying minerality. Is perhaps lacking the ultimate energy and transparency found in the 2010 … but this is a very fine effort indeed.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine – (93p) – Tasted 01/04/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2007

The 2007 version of the Chambolle 1er cru is a delicate and understated effort. In the nose pure and quite airy red berry fruit and a discrete minerality. On the palate quite light-footed with pure fruit and a nice length … it has a lovely balance and a lovely harmonious impression of Musigny minerality in the finish. Will no doubt offer a refined and delicate experience when it matures.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Very Good+ – (91p) – Tasted 01/04/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2008

The 2008 Chambolle Musigny 1er cru is really showing off. In the nose sweet and ripe red berry fruit – supported by a filigree and vibrant Chambolle minerality. On the palate lovely sweet and airy red pinot fruit … so pure and transparent. The fruit is supported by an explosion of minerality on the midpalate and a long acidity/mineral driven finish. Love the surprisingly weighty and ripe fruit and the energetic acidity driven style … this is really rocking.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2021) – Fine – (92p) – Tasted 01/04/2014

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