(vinified with 50% whole clusters; the Fuées and Baudes were completely destemmed; 50% new oak): Alluring high-pitched perfume of red raspberry, peony and blood orange, with complicating oak spices. Densely packed and juicy, with a strong element of spicy oak currently keeping the primary fruit flavors in check. Boasts superb concentration and saline depth even if it's quite backward today. Finishes with a note of licorice and substantial tannins that reach the front teeth. Offers outstanding potential but this Amoureuses will be difficult to drink in its youth. (ST)
from a small .12 ha parcel). While the fruit profile is similar to that of the Fuées, the spice and floral nuances are more prominent. The rich and almost surprisingly full-bodied flavors possess outstanding volume along with ample minerality on the impressively long and refined finish. As pretty and classy as this is, it’s not necessarily any more complex or persistent than the Fuées though that of course may change with time. (92-94)/2027+
Very restrained nose of red fruits and mint, with an oaky character. Much more closed than expected. Svelte attack on the very concentrated palate, with fine-grained tannins. It is not very expressive now, but has energy, drive and ample structure. Clearly needs time, as usual, to show its true colours, but all the components seem in place. Drinking Window 2020 - 2035
The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses has a detailed bouquet, complex as you would expect from such a propitious vineyard, touches of chalk and granite infusing the red and black fruit, beautifully focused and gaining intensity all the time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, tensile and focused, full of energy with a structured, more masculine finish than I was anticipating. Therefore, it will need several years in bottle but should turn out to be a long-term contender. Expect it to land at the top of my banded score post-bottling. These tasting notes belong under the umbrella of "Louis Jadot", though it should be pointed out that these bottlings are under "Domaine Louis Jadot", that is to say that the company owns the vines rather than through contracts with growers. See also "Maison Louis Jadot", "Domaine Gagey" and "Domaine des Héritiers Jadot". (NM)
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