A bottle of this was shared among staff recently, out the back at Five Way Cellars at the conclusion of a fairly busy week. Decanted for an hour and then served, the Chambolle village from Laurent Roumier came to life more and more as it soaked up some oxygen. Only in its infancy, this wine is detailed, fined boned and certainly very true to what we are told to expect from Chambolle Musigny (see Rob Walters article in issue 26 of Noble Rot "The Black, the White and the Grey"). Red fruited showing raspberry and soury cherry and some white strawberry notes, while a light twiggyness in the background brings a savoury quality to the wine. Tannins are fine, slightly chalky and grippy, and the overall sensation is one of elegance yet with teenage lankiness: all the bones are there but there is still some filling out to take place and some weight to be gained as the wine ages in bottle. A great drink already for all its silky texture and pretty primary fruit, but 5 years in the cellar will see this really pull away and show its full potential. - Ches Cook, FWC.
From 5 parcels of vines planted between the 1960s and 1990s with an average age of 35 years old. Chambolle Musigny gets its reputation for perfume and elegance and this is textbook Chambolle yet also with admirable intensity and generosity. Very fine tannins and flows beautifully on the palate - very harmonious and will develop and open up with 5+ yrs of ageing.