This is also markedly ripe yet retains a good sense of freshness to the spicy red and black currant aromas. The mouth feel is lush to the point of opulence as the concentrated medium-bodied flavors possess plenty of mid-palate concentration and dry extract, all wrapped in a mineral-inflected finish that exhibits just a touch of austerity. This is a robust yet refined Chambolle villages. Drink 2018+
The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes comes from a 0.70-hectare parcel originally planted almost a century ago. It possesses a more floral bouquet compared to the Gevrey village, with perfumed scents of black cherry and redcurrant jus mixed with a touch of soy. The palate is medium-bodied with good tension. There is a fine thread of acidity, whilst the finish is very silky and alluring, even if I would have liked more personality to show through at this stage. Fine.
The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes wraps around the palate with sweet dark cherry, plum, smoke and licorice, all in a soft, caressing style with considerable near-term appeal. Savory herbs, mint and wild flowers are nicely layered into the expressive, resonant finish. Drink 2019-2029
Good medium red. Blackberry and violet aromas are complicated by musky chocolate and a minty nuance. Firmly built for village wine, with an element of saline minerality giving definition to the black fruit and dark chocolate flavors. Finishes with a serious structure and good energy. Tighter than the Morey Rue de Vergy by a wide margin.
The wines of Chambolle Musigny are like no other. They can be superbly delicate, yet mindblowingly complex. Of all the northern Burgundy appellations, they are the most ethereal, and as a result the most feminine. Most of the Chambolle Musigny vineyard area is encompassed in its Village and Premier Cru appellations including the robust Beaux Bruns, the splendidly mineral Le Cras and the poised yet powerful Les Amoureuses. It produces only two Grand Crus - the round and rich Bonnes Mares which it shares with Morey St. Dénis, as well as what could be described as the Stradivarius of grand crus, Musigny.