I have followed Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé closely for quite many years now and always enjoyed the Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru for its minerality and expression of Chambolle terroir.
In a sense the Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru has become a benchmark wine for me in Chambolle, as I each year taste it from cask and from bottle just after the release in Denmark.
The Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru
The ChambolleMusigny 1er cru is made from the young vines – above 10 years and below 25 years of age – from the Musigny vineyard – so in reality it could be classified as Musigny Grand Cru.
At Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé they have however decided to declassify the young vines to improve the quality of the Musigny Vieilles Vignes and the result is this “Baby Musigny” or if you like a “Musigny in short trousers” … a wine with more than a glimpse of the great Musigny terroir … at a reduced price and with a higher drinkability even in the earlier stages of its lifespan. The Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru was first made in the 1995 vintage.
The tasting included 12 vintages of the Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru. The vintages 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The 2005 and the 1999 were decanted 3 hours before they were served, and the others were opened approximately 15 min before the start of the tasting.
The wines were served in the following order – in flights:
- Flight 1: 2007 and 2004
- Flight 2: 2008 and 2006
- Flight 3: 2009, 2010 and 2011
- Flight 4: 2001, 2002 and 2003
- Flight 5: 1999 and 2005
Impressions and notes from the tasting
I was very impressed by the overall level … all the wines really showed the individual characteristics of the different vintages – they were all very fine representatives for each vintage style wise and quality wise … although the quality is very high even in lesser vintages.
All the wines (except the 2009) were surprisingly accessible and forward showing the fine qualities of the de Vogüé wines – a lovely expression of both terroir and vintage – combined with a very high drinkability for most of the wines. It was a great pleasure and very educational.
Comte de Vogüé and drinkability
There have been quite a lot of talk about that its difficult to enjoy the wines from Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé when they are in their youth or in their teens.
This tasting really showed that this is not the case at all – almost all wines were performing very well even though many still are in their youth or early teens. The wines were delightful and very enjoyable and just as accessible as wines from other top end producers.
To the notes!!
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2011
The Chambolle 1er cru 2011 from Vogue is a lovely display of fruit and Chambolle minerality. In the bouquet lovely red and dark fruit – notes of elderberries, blueberries, raspberries and pomegranate – displayed with a lovely intense minerality. The nose is a bit floral and quite accessible. On the palate fine ripe and silky fruit – very balanced with a good structure of tannins and minerality. Love the delicate balance of pure fruit and the nice minerality of this fine terroir.
Domaine Comte Georges 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.
Domaine Comte Georges 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. 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.
Domaine Comte Georges 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.
Domaine Comte Georges 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.
Domaine Comte Georges 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.
Domaine Comte Georges 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.
Domaine Comte Georges 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.
Domaine Comte Georges 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.
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2002
The Chambolle 1er cru 2002 from Vogue 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. Just love the 2002s from Vogüé … great pleasure.
Domaine Comte Georges 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.
Domaine Comte Georges 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.
Summing up on the twelve vintages
First of all it’s a treat to taste 12 vintages of this lovely wine – thanks to the Danish importer Vinrosen and Jean-Luc Pepin of Domaine Vogüé for providing the 2003 and the 2008 vintages for this tasting.
The quality of the wines were very high … and the top vintages quite evenly matched … and it’s therefore hard and a matter of personal preference to announce the best wine in this line-up.
I do however feel that the 2010 have a slight edge on the 2005 … and they are followed closely by the big and sturdy 1999 and the gorgeous 2002.
The wine of the evening was for me the 2002 … it offered delightful drinking with no regrets … yes it will improve but is currently drinking very well … really adore this wine.
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