($70) Ruby-red. Aromas of coffee, mocha and exotic chocolate. Sweet, thick and superripe, with black raspberry and chocolate flavors that retain a certain sappiness despite their uncanny sweetness. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins. Although this does not exactly lead with its terroir character, it's a shame more producers were not able to make wine like this in 2003. Perrot-Minot stressed that the only way this was possible was to carefully eliminate all of the grilled, fletri grapes.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2006
Burghound | Rating: 88
This is more aromatically elegant with lovely upper register red fruit aromas and while the flavors are ripe, the incredible amount and intensity of the old vine sap is wonderful. The flavors though are carrying a bit of rusticity and excellent complexity. In short, this is not a wine of finesse but there is real flavor authority and punch here.
New items for Perrot-Minot in the 2003 vintage are 1) very steep increases in the wholesale price (in some cases by doubling it) for many of his wines and 2) big fat bottles. Those changes aside, this village level wine offers considerable drinking pleasure right now. Perrot-Minot's Chambolle has a deep black cherry red color with full quite suave aromas of burnt toast, coffee grounds, strawberry, rhubarb, a bit of chalk, stone, and deeply concentrated plum and cherry. Lots of sweet fruit in the mouth with plush tannin and low acidity. Unfortunately the tannins are firm and enduring and slam the door down hard on the wine's rather stunted finish. Not typical but enjoyable nonetheless.