Robert Parker 94
Tasted at the Domaine and twice in London. The Chambertin is slightly reductive on the nose, very backward with faint aromas of oyster shell and limestone. The palate is medium-bodied with once again, extremely fine tannins, lovely poise, pert red-berried fruits with immense persistency rather than power. A more feminine Chambertin than say the 2005, full of charm and grace. Drink now-2030 Tasted November 2008.
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030
Good full red-ruby. More reserved on the nose than the Beze, with terrific sappy verve to its aromas of dark fruits, violet, crushed stone, iron and camphor. Juicy, tightly wound and very intense on first pour, but opened spectacularly in the glass to show outstanding creamy depth without any loss of energy. Today the wine’s saline earth tones and minerality have the upper hand over its fruit. There’s less easy sweetness here than the Clos de Beze is displaying, but the slow ripening of the vintage is apparent, and the finishing flavors go on and on. It would be a rare (and expensive) treat to try these two wines side by side in 2020 or so.
Mid ruby. Very very different from New World Pinot. Grainy. Undergrowth. Still very firm underneath. Majestic follow through. Grows towards the end.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030