(this was purchased as wine, not grapes) Good deep red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of black raspberry and sexy oak, with a whiff of game. Big and broad but a bit chunky and heavily extracted compared to the wines Croix vinified himself. Dense, chewy flavors of purple fruits and violet are supported by big oak-driven tannins.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2007
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
A 2005 Chapelle-Chambertin (purchased as wine) displays bright black raspberry fruit, salted beef blood, ferrous, resinous pungency, and a strong lash of tannin. A bit of extraneous heat and oak enter into the finish, which however displays undeniable concentration and length. Even a brief interval might bring additional harmony and refinement.
Author: David Schildknecht
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94
A beauty. The firm structure is initially wrapped in a lush cashmere of black cherry, only to appear as this red navigates the palate to its conclusion. The lasting impression is sweet fruit and spice. Be patient, all the goods are there. This is just a touch softer than the Chambertin.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Burghound | Rating: 95
As good as any of the previous wines are, here there is another dimension to both the very ripe yet elegant and densely fruited nose as well as the concentrated, textured and almost painfully intense flavors that possess superb depth of extract and huge length and finishing drive. An impressive effort in every respect.