The 2017 Chambertin Grand Cru is just a glorious success. Vivid red fruit, Morello cherries, wild strawberry and pressed violets on the nose, the aromatics here feel so animated and exquisitely defined. The palate is perfectly balanced with a killer line of acidity: crystalline red fruit, filigree tannins and more freshness than it knows what to do with. There is a sense of “channeled intensity” in this Chambertin and whilst there is no question that it is a 20- to 30-years wine, I felt no guilt in polishing this off in its youth. Tasted at Maison de Colombier in Beaune.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2050
Robert Parker 96
Revisited from bottle, the 2017 Chambertin Grand Cru is showing beautifully, soaring from the glass with expressive aromas of sweet red berry fruit, smoked meats, coniferous forest floor, mandarin orange and peonies, framed by a deft application of cedary, spicy new oak. Full-bodied, sumptuous and enveloping, its velvety attack segues into an ample core of succulent fruit, concluding with a long and resonant finish. This is likely to be both deceptively approachable young and notably long-lived, offering a broad drinking window.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2060
This grand cru digests the oak more quickly than does Clos de Beze, apparently. Really spicy. Quite peppery and just a little smoky. But there’s that purple peony perfume underneath. Violet hearts. More chewy than most so far but still with succulent fluid fruit at the core. That chewiness changes to a really refined texture on the finish (unlike the vice versa of most wines). (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2045