The 2019 Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras 1er Cru has a very pure bouquet of maraschino cherries, blueberry, white pepper and subtle undergrowth aromas. This is quintessential Chambolle—more succinct than Camille Giroud’s Les Borniques. The palate is medium-bodied and succulent, but it doesn’t quite deliver the panache that is exhibited aromatically. High-toned and a little honeyed in texture, it requires a bit more tension on the structured finish. I suspect it will improve with bottle age, though there are better Chambolle Premier Crus this vintage. Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2044
Robert Parker 96
The 2019 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras is similarly compelling, soaring from the glass with aromas of red berries, exotic spices, orange rind, musk and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and tightly wound, with a deep and vibrant core of fruit that’s framed by fine, powdery tannins, it concludes with a long, penetrating and intensely mineral finish. This is a magical Chambolle-Musigny worth a special effort to seek out.
Anticipated maturity: 2029-2060
Cask sample. A little darker than the Chatelots. Vibrant crimson. More savoury and spiced on the nose but still with gorgeous Chambolle scent. And that dark floral aspect which is peony and not rose. Even a light touch of violets. Chewy but rounded, more obviously oaky but made sweet on the palate by the lovely fruit. Intense and long, with a long way to go and yet more approachable in this vintage than is typical for her wines. Finely dry finish. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2035