Reduction presently dominates the fruit. Otherwise there is a bit more volume to the equally vibrant and mineral-inflected flavors that deliver even slightly better complexity on the lingering and well-balanced finale. As is usually the case this is less refined than the Feusselottes but there is better depth here. While these two Chambolle 1ers are qualitatively similar they present two very different expressions.
Full bright ruby. Blackberry, kirsch, licorice and violet aromas are given a penetrating quality by notes of black peppercorn and medicinal menthol. Then sweet, pliant and fruit-driven, offering a lovely creaminess of texture to its crushed-berry flavors. Still a bit medicinal and stunted in the early going, but long on the aftertaste, with the dusty tannins coming across as ripe, not dry. Today the Charmes is showing more personality.(ST)
The 2015 Chambolle Musigny les Groseilles 1er Cru has an expressive bouquet with dark cherry, boysenberry and blackcurrant aromas. It is well defined if not exactly getting both hands on that expression "Pinoté". The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. I find more finesse and freshness, but not nervosité here compared to the Les Charmes, and the finish feels long and tensile. I suspect it will land at the top of my banded score once in bottle.
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2016 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" (Pre-Arrival)