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
The 2017 Chambertin Grand Cru has an extraordinarily detailed and intense bouquet with a cornucopia of vibrant red cherries, crushed strawberry, cranberry and stony aromas, the latter becoming more and more intense with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive body and depth. It is beautifully balanced with svelte tannin, velvety smooth with ample red fruit and spicy finish that lingers for 60 seconds in the mouth. Noble and aristocratic – just as Chambertin ought to be.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2045
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