This grand cru digests the oak more quickly than does Clos de Bèze, apparently. Barrel sample. A hint of vanilla sweetness on the fragrant dark fruit here. All in harmony but less singular than the Clos St-Jacques or the Ruchottes. Dark with a mineral finesse that is reflected on the palate in dry tannins and a touch of dark chocolate from the oak. But the oak has done nothing to hide the elegance here. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2043
Robert Parker 97
The 2018 Chambertin Grand Cru wafts from the glass with a complex bouquet of red berries, plums, rose petals and orange rind, framed by bass notes of rich, loamy soil and carnal nuances of smoked meats. Full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, it’s layered and concentrated, its expansive attack segueing into a richly structured but impressively vibrant mid-palate, concluding with a long, resonant finish. This is a brilliant wine that readers should plan on forgetting for at least a decade.
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2060