The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras has a pastille-like purity on the nose, tightly wound at first but gaining in vigor with mulberry, blackberry and raspberry scents. The palate is beautifully balanced with very fine tannin, a little denser than the Combettes with a firmer grip in the mouth. There is very good salinity on the finish that feels stern at the moment, but will flesh out once the cellar warms up and the wine approaches bottling. At present the Chambolle Combottes has the edge, but let's see in ten years time.(NM)
(from a 1.75 ha parcel of vines averaging 35 to 40 years of age). Here the cool and more restrained nose is at once spicier and more elegant with a relatively high-toned combination of pomegranate, cherry, violet and lavender aromas. The equally elegant, pure, sleek and highly energetic flavors possess an exquisitely fine mouthfeel along with bracing minerality while delivering superb length on the saline and bitter cherry-inflected finish. This is potentially a great vintage for this wine as everything is in place for it to be really, really good in time. 2027+
(13.4% alcohol): Dark red-ruby. Brown spices and minerals currently dominate dark fruits on the nose. Plush, velvety and full but quite backward in the early going; a distinctly dark style of Chambolle but not yet coming alive. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and lingering blueberry and spice flavors. This wine will need time in bottle to burn off some of its baby fat.(ST)
Robust nose showing some black fruit alongside cherry. Fresh attack, limpid and pure, with a tannic backbone providing tension and staying power. It shows flair on the long, lightly chewy finish. Drinking Window 2018 - 2028
The 2015 les Cras from Christophe Roumier is very black fruity in personality this year, wafting from the glass in a ripe blend of black cherries, black plums, chocolate, woodsmoke, gamebird and bass notes of soil. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very sappy at the core, with a fairly fruit-driven personality out of the blocks, a gentle stewiness to the very ripe fruit tones, moderate tannins and a long, velvety finish that does not today show a lot of tannin or grip. There is a large veneer of puppy fat fruit here and there may well be this wine’s customary structure underneath the sheen, but it is hard to locate it today. 2020-2050.
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