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 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 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 Bonnes Mares 1973 from Comte de Vogue is a great effort in this quite modest vintage. The bouquet is quite expressive with red fruit and sous-bois – spiced with orange zest and a hint of coffee. On the palate quite rich, sweet and round fruit with a nice earthy minerality. It’s quite delicious and fruity with a nice length and balance. The finish is slightly unfocused with some sweet notes of prune – but otherwise no indication of a lesser vintage. A truly impressive effort for the vintage …. and still a wine for pleasure – quite amazing.
The Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1970 from Comte de Vogue is a rare treat and a lovely glass of mature Burgundy. In the nose rich and quite expressive red fruit with notes of sous-bois, tar and a hint of mushrooms. On the palate still quite ample fruit for this age – it’s quite juicy and fresh – build on a foundation of strong but refined minerality – a remarkable achievement in this quite average vintage. It is perhaps lacking a bit transparancy and focus compared with bigger vintages – but is drinking very well and offer true pinot pleasure. One would never expect this to be a wine from 1970 – the Vogue wines from the 1960s and 1970s are certainly impressive even in lesser years … well done Alain Roumier!
The Chambolle 1er cru 2011 from Vogue is a lovely display of Chambolle minerality. It’s made from young vines – below 25 years – on the Musigny grand cru vineyard – and this origin gives a special wine. It has some of the muscular minerality of the Musigny, but lack some off the weight, focus and power due to the young age of the vines. In the bouquet lovely red fruit – strawberries, raspberries and pomegranate – displayed with a lovely intense minerality. The nose is very floral and accessible. On the palate much more weight and fruit than the village – very balanced with a good structure of tannins and minerality. Love the delicate balance of ample fruit and the wonderful minerality of this fine terroir.
The Bonnes Mares 2011 from Vogue is a well balanced effort. In the bouquet fine fruit – notes of blueberries, pomegranate and raspberries – darker than the other Vogue wines – with a deep eathy minerality. On the palate layers of rich almost dense fruit … perfectly balanced with a fine focus and length. Slightly more backward than the other 2011s from Vogue – but nevertheless a very fine Bonnes Mares.
The Chambolle village 2011 from Vogue is a bit of a walk on the wild side at the moment. In the bouquet fine Chambolle minerality – notes of blueberries, raspberries and elderberries – quite outgoing. On the palate nice candied and jellied fruit – good focus with support from the quite firm tannins and the nice acidity. The fruit is a mix of red and dark berries with a quite strong impession of elderberries. Need a bit of time to fall into place – but really like the extrovertness and the edge. A very nice village in the making – doo do doo do doo do do doo!
The Amoureuses 2011 from Vogue is a gorgeous wine …. delicate, crisp and expressive. In the bouquet sweet and crisp jellied fruit – notes of pomegranate and red forest berries – supported by a intense but filligree minerality. On the palate layers of vibrant red fruit – quite lightfooted – but still very intense with a long mineralic finish. Love the mineralic tension and nerve in this wine. It’s very expressive and forward for a young Amourreuses from Vogue – a very charming wine – love af first sight.
The Bourgogne Blanc 2011 from Comte de Vogue is showing beautifully. In the bouquet lovely pure and crisp white fruit – with notes of acacia flower, pear and a quite intense citrus infused minerality. On the palate quite rich fruit supported by a crisp acidity and the slightly edgy but filigree minerality of the big Musigny terroir. The harmonious and fruity vintage really suits the powerful terroir – producing a lovely crisp mineral driven wine – with a lovely pure fruit supported and balanced perfectly by the discrete oak. Has improwed significantly over the last vintages as the vines gets older … and is now not that far from the grand cru status. A beautiful glass of white Burgundy.
The Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2011 from Vogue is even better than the cask samples suggested in October 2012. In the bouquet lovely and refined fruit – notes of raspberries, strawberries and pomegranate – brought forward by a intense filigree minerality. It’s very open and floral with a lovely terroir expression. On the palate layers of pure, crisp and very juicy fruit – firmly structured by ripe tannins and the intense multidimentional minerality of the Musigny terroir. The fruit is very delicate and unusually extrovert for a young Musigny … love the positive energy, transparancy and vibrancy of this wine. A truly outstanding Musigny in the making – simply gorgeous.
On my September trip to Burgundy I had the opportunity to visit Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé to taste the 2012 vintage from cask.
My expectations were very high when I arrived at Vogüé – but I must say that the 2012 vintage exceeded even my highest expectations – the 2012 wines from Vogue are stunningly gorgeous – and among the best wines I have tasted from cask at this fine domaine.
The Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 2000 is a very impressive effort for the vintage. The bouquet is very expressive with notes of red berry fruit, sous-bois and a fine Chambolle minerality. On the palate rich and quite lush red fruit – matured but still very fresh and vibrant. Quite intense and weighty for the vintage – with a good nerve and mineralic energy. The minerality is delicate but powerful – a classic Amoureuses. Lovely complexity now – but will improve with further cellaring – a truly beautiful 2000.
The 1990 Bonnes Mares from Vogue I finally coming around after more than a decade in deep sleep. The bouqet starts out with some slightly cheasy notes, but soon fall in to place with pure rather dark fruit – raspberries, sous bois, liquorice and tar – combined with the eathy minerality of the dark Bonnes Mares terroir. On the palate very pure red and dark berry fruit – it’s tight and linear, with a impressive intensity, length and focus. This is a serious quite old school Burgundy … with a somewhat austere expression currently. A very fine wine – but more impressive than seductive at the moment. It’s still quite fresh and vibrant – and it’s possible 5 years more in the cellar could bring out more charming red notes.