The lovely girls of Chambolle … a question of time and style

I often see and hear vinos expressing very strong views about personal preferences about the three top producers in Chambolle-Musigny.


And while this is of course also debatable we are talking about Domaine Georges Roumier, Domaine J.-F. Mugnier and Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé.

After many years of tasting I have finally reach my own conclusion after a visit at Mugnier and a vertical of Vogue Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru spanning from 1999 to 2011.

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Georges Roumier, Chambolle Musigny Les Cras 2011

The Chambolle Les Cras 2011 from Roumier is a quite delicate pinot in the making. The nose is showing lovely floral notes, red and blue berry fruit … notes of blueberries, liquorice … with hints of raspberries and oak. On the palate quite subtle and mouth filling with medium weight and a long focused finish. The fruit is quite vibrant with a lovely nerve and acidity. The tannins are finely grained and offer a nice support … slightly forward at the moment. A quite lovely Les Cras in the making.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Fine (91p)- Tasted 07/03/2014

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Georges Roumier, Chambolle Les Cras 2006

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2017) – Fine (91p) – Tasted 08/02/2014


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Georges Roumier, Morey-Saint-Denis Clos de la Bussiere 2011

The Clos de la Bussiere 2011 from Roumier is showing very well. In the nose crisp and quite delicate red and dark berry fruit, with a earthy minerality, a slight floral tone and a initial touch of oak. On the palate focused, crisp and harmanious – the tannins are finely grained and refined and offer fine support. It’s a very elegant and delicate Bussiere … but still a quite substantial wine with very good weight and power. Very impressive for the vintage.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Good+ (90p)- Tasted 05/02/2014


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Georges Roumier, Bonnes Mares 2004

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2013) – Good (87p)- Tasted 18/12/2013


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Georges Roumier, Chambolle Musigny Les Combottes 2009

The Chambolle les Combettes 2009 from Roumier is lovely and surprisingly airy and lightfooted. In the nose red and dark berry fruit with slight notes of prunes and liquourice. On the palate rich and very ripe fruit – but still quite airy despite the somewhat warm fruit. Really like the airy feel and the minerality – but need at least 10 years to unfold. A quite impressive effort in 2009 – a very good Chambolle in the making.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Very Good (89p) – Tasted 18/10/2013


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Georges Roumier, Chambolle Musigny Les Cras 2007

The is still very young, fresh and undeveloped – but quite forward and extrovert. In the nose red berry fruit – slightly candied – spiced with vanilla and liquorice. On the palate quite rich and lush fruit … not fully in harmony on day one with the alcohol slightly forward. After 24 hours – more weight and depth in the fruit and the hint of alcohol has disappeared. Really need time to unfold – but the potential is fine – the 07 Roumiers are among the stars of the vintage.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Fine+ (91p) – Tasted 01/09/2013.


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Georges Roumier, Chambolle Musigny 2007

The Chambolle Muigny 2007 village from Roumier is still youthful – but also unexpectedly open and ready to please. In the bouquet fresh and playful red berry fruit with some darker notes of blue berries and cassis. On the palate juicy red berry fruit – quite vibrant, rich and airy – with a slight candied note. It’s quite accessible and red fruited for the age – has lovely balance and length for this level. Really adore the nerve and juicyness in this wine …. classic Chambolle.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2017) – Very Good (89p) – Tasted 12/08/2013.


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Georges Roumier, Morey Clos de la Bussiere 2010

The Morey Saint Denis Clos de la Bussiere 2010 from Roumier is really showing it’s potential. Lovely transparent nose with raspberries, cherries and blueberries spiced by a lovely earthy minerality. On platate very fine intense fruit … transparent .. cool and balanced – so typical for the 2010 vintage. It’s more dense and muscular than the Mugnier Marechale 2010 .. but perhaps lacking a bit of it’s airyness in the fruit. One of the best Bussieres I have tasted … lovely and showing much better than 6 month ago. Will require at least 10 – 15 years of cellaring before it reach it’s peak

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2025) – Fine (92p) – Tasted 23/06/2013.


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Georges Roumier, Chambolle Musigny Les Cras 2009

The Chambolle Les Cras 2009 is still very very youthful, but starting to show more Chambolle character and minerality. The bouquet is still very much primary aromas, with red berry fruit – but is starting to show a nice spicy Chambolle minerality. The fruit in the nose is finely balanced with some fresh elements of forest berries, and some more hot liquorice notes. The palate is shaping up beautifully like many other 09s … it’s quite focused and the cooler red notes in the fruit is taking over. A classic Les Cras … quite lovely now – but will no doubt be a true beauty after 15 years of cellaring.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Fine 92p – Tasted 01/03/2013


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Georges Roumier, Bonnes Mares 2004

The Bonnes Mares 2004 from Roumier is quite impressive for the vintage .. but still need time to unfold fully. The bouquet offer crystal clear dark red and black fruits, it’s linear, very pure and only showing few mature red notes. On the palate it’s quite tight and focused with a very pure cool pinot fruit – no greenness here. It’s not a big and dense wine, but it offers purity and focus. Currently it’s a bit on the austere side – so I would give it 5 years more in the cellar to release some more expressive mature fruit. Impressive now – but will be lovely after 5 years of cellaring.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2013) – Fine 91p – Tasted 03/03/2013

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Georges Roumier, Chambolle Musigny Les Combottes 2010

The Chambolle Musigny Combottes 2010 from Georges Roumier is a lovely effort. In the bouquet raspberries, dark cherries and red forest berries – spiced with a distinct Chambolle minerality. On the palate very good concentration for this level – loads of juicy pinot fruit – balanced by a fine acidity and the quite strong mineralic backbone. Is quite dense and dark now and not showing the ultimate transparancy – a fine, quite complex and beautiful 2010 from Roumier – but really needs time.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2022) – Fine 91p – Tasted 02/02/2013


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Georges Roumier, Morey Clos de La Bussiere 2010

I have always been ambivalent about Clos de la Bussiere from Roumier – as it lacks the playfull minerality of the Chambolle wines from Roumier. But when it reach full maturity it really delivers pleasure and drinkability. The 2010 edition offers quite cool red and dark fruits in the bouquet, with notes of red and dark cherries, cassis and hints of forest berries. On the palate slightly on lush and dense side for a 2010 … not displaying ultimate transparancy at the moment. Bottom line – it’s robust and quite muscular with finely grained ripe tannins – very harmonious – but lacking a bit of transparancy and refinement. A very good wine … and could even merrit a fine rating when perfectly matured. Need time!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Good+ 90p – Tasted 11/01/2013

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Georges Roumier, Chambolle Musigny les Combottes 2005

The Chambolle Musigny Les Combottes 2005 from Georges Roumier is still very young and backward. In the bouquet dark fruits – notes of prune, cassis and raspberries. On the palate it’s very dense, fleshy and powerful. The fruit expression is currently muscular and slightly stewed – lacking some Burgundian charm and refinement. Need at least 10 years more in the cellar, and will keep for more than two decades. The 05s are big and very powerful wines .. they really need a lot of time before they will be truly enjoyable.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2022) – Very Good+ 90p – Tasted 30/11/2012


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Georges Roumier, Morey-Saint-Denis Clos de la Bussiere 2009

The Clos de la Bussiere 2009 is getting more focused but is still quite open. In the bouquet cherries, strawberries and prune with a spicy sweetness and hints of liqourice and violets. On the palate quite dense but focused and juicy fruit – getting more and more red notes in the glass. The fruit is quite cool for a 2009, but still have some dense and sweet fruit notes. A very good wine but prefer the expression of the Chambolle wines from Roumier, where the minerality provides a better contrast to the dense 2009 fruit.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2022) – Very Good 88p – Tasted 13/12/2012


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Georges Roumier, Chambolle Musigny Combottes 2007

The 2007 Chambolle Combottes from Roumier is a very good wine for the vintage. Sligthly closed in the bouquet – but after some time in the glass it’s starts to show more charm. In the nose red berry fruit – beginning to show sweet slightly matured notes and a nice Chambolle minerality. On the palate lovely sweet red pinot fruit, somewhat more open than the bouquet. The fruit is quite lush and juicy considering the vintage. It’s quite focused with a good minerality. A textbook Chambolle … a quite lovely nd njoyable effort from Roumier.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2017) Very Good 90p

Tasted 01/09/2012


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Georges Roumier, Chambolle Musigny 2007

The Georges Roumier Chambolle village 2007 is slightly closed but quite accessible. In he nose red coulis fruits, strawberries, raspberries and cherries with a hint of rhubarbs. The bouquet is also displaying a fine but slightly dusty minerality. On the palate sweet sour cherry aromas, quite focused with a medium length concntration. The fruit is quite fresh, but lacking some sparkle and nerve like many other 2007 wines. Will impove over the next 5 to 10 years … and will provide delightful drinking when more mature notes take over.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) Very Good 89p

Tasted 06/08/2012


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Georges Roumier, Chambolle Musigny Les Combottes 2006

The Chambolle Combottes from Georges Roumier is quite open and charming. In the nose cherries raspberries and redcurrant. On the palate lovely fruit, layers of red and darker berry aromas. Good freshness from the fine acidity and minerality + a hint of gooseberries in the finish. Quite typical for the vintage with a lovely rich and charming fruit. Impressive balance and purity – pinot par exellence.

20120309-125513.jpgVery Good (90p)

Tasted 23/06/2012


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Georges Roumier, Les Cras 2006

The 2006 Les Cras is quite open and ready to rock …. it’s not matured, but still very accessible. In the bouquet fine raspberry notes, with hints of redcurrant and black cherries. The nose is intense, fresh and rich. On the palate loads of ripe fresh fruit, again fine medium sweet raspberry aromas with a hint of strawberry. A good balance of tannins, minerality and acidity. Quite loosely knit – but a lovely balanced wine, fine expression of the terroir … drinking quite well. Would expect full maturity in about 10 years.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2016) Fine – 91p

Tasted 30/05/2012


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