100% new oak. Clos de Bèze keeps the oak flavour a bit longer so Cyrielle serves it after the Chambertin. Sample from the François Frères barrel: Much more dramatic and pushy on the nose than the Chambertin. Ripe purple fruits. Very sweet and brazen. Sample from the Rousseau barrel: Much better behaved and savoury. Easier to see the fruit. Good savour on the end. Opulent but not pushy.
Anticipated maturity: 2035-2055
The 2015 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru has to address some reduction issues at first, although there is plenty of brambly red berry fruit, cranberry and pomegranate on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and layers of red and black fruit infused with crushed stone and veins of blue fruit. There is wonderful harmony and tension here, and real precision and intensity toward the finish that testify to the greatness of the 2015 vintage. Serious, delicious and quite compelling. Expect that plus sign against my score to come into play as this Clos-de-Bèze matures in bottle. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2060