The 2015 Chambertin Grand Cru was slightly deeper in color than the Clos de Bèze this year, the nose perhaps more intense but just as pure: dark cherries, red plum, a hint of oyster shell and wet limestone. Yet I was more smitten by the Clos de Bèze that has the sensuality. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite edgy tannin. This could be described as a tensile Chambertin, full of energy, supremely well focused but remaining linear and strict towards the finish, whereas the Clos de Bèze fans out. It may take several years to hit its stride - it will be fascinating to compare with the other Grand Crus. 92-94/100.
Gevrey Chambertin lies well to the north of the Cote de Nuits. It has no less than 9 grand cru vineyards and the most famous of these is Chambertin. Often considered the greatest of all red Burgundies for its complexity, power and intensity, Chambertin's fine wines are unsurprisingly rare and are priced accordingly. They also need years to develop to their full potential, but are undoubtedly worth the wait.