International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96($616) Deep red with ruby tones. Flamboyantly ripe aromas of black fruits, blood orange, peony and espresso. Huge yet weightless, saturating every square millimeter of the mouth with very ripe dark fruits, minerals and spices. This plush, sweet, extremely unevolved wine is almost monolithic today but the explosive, palate-staining finish suggests that it has a slow and glorious evolution ahead of it. The fruit here was picked with potential alcohol of 13.7%, the same as in 2005.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: March/April 2009
Burghound | Rating: 95A gorgeously elegant and kaleidoscopic nose of high-toned red and black berry fruit aromas liberally laced with natural spices that offer impressive nuance and notable complexity introduces supple, finely detailed and beautifully textured flavors wrapped in a dusty, mineral-infused finish. This dances on the palate yet it is forceful with excellent finishing drive and intensity on the explosive and hugely long, slightly austere finale. This is one of those 'wow' wines as well as one of the best wines of the vintage.Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 1st Quarter, 2009
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95Medium intense, vibrant ruby colour. The nose is very floral ' a combination of red flowers and some alluring jasmine - plus notes of dark cherry, cinnamon stick, nutmeg and tree moss. Medium to high acidity and a medium to firm level of very fine tannins. Seamless, elegant style with just enough flesh. Very long finish.Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18Vibrant crimson. Real energy and concentration here and, unusually for all these 2006s, you have to seek inside for more. Lots of bright cherry fruit. Very appetising. Really soars. For the first time in this tasting, on the third day, I am tempted to swallow! Very dense yet not bludgeoning. Just a bit tough on the end at the moment, but real vigour.Author: Jancis Robinson
This estate began in the 1880s as one of many estates owned by Francois Mugnier, a Dijon businessman who decided to put his focus into wine when he turned 30. Chambolle had experienced a massive phylloxera outbreak earlier that year, and Mugnier wanted to bring the land back from devastation. He succeeded in revitalizing the vineyard, and produced quality Pinot Noir for the next 20 years. After his death in the early 1900s, his seven children took over the estate and began exporting premium wines to Paris and the United States. Today, they focus on lutte raisonée—a style of viticulture that avoids an over-dependence on chemicals.
Their approach to both viticulture and winemaking is aimed at preserving in the wines the purest expression of nature with minimal interference from technological practices. The vines are managed almost organically—no herbicides since 1991, no pesticides since 1997 and now only two treatments a year (against mildew) which are not organic.
The grapes are sorted diligently by the pickers before coming to the cellar in small cases. All stalks are removed and the whole berries are then transferred into vats. The wines are bottled after a second winter in wood without fining or filtration. The wines are known for being light in color, but brilliantly fragrant and notably persistent on the finish.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 199 bottles owned
- 38 collectors