Medium red. Pungent red berries, rose petal, gingerbread and musky underbrush on the nose, with a sappy suggestion of raspberry liqueur emerging with air. Silky and light on its feet, with penetrating red berry and spice flavors given energy on the back end by powerful minerality and captivating floral lift. The liqueur-like raspberry quality seemed to come and go as I drained this bottle to the dregs over a period of 48 hours. Has the tannic spine to support a leisurely evolution in bottle.
The 2006 Chapelle-Chambertin was showing quite well at the time of my visit, and did not seem to show any ill effects from the hail that hit this vineyard pretty hard in July of ’06. The nose is complex, classy (and miracle of miracles) quite open and easy to assess, as it offers up notes of black cherries, cassis, bitter chocolate, woodsmoke and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and pure, with solid mid-palate depth, ripe tannins, sound acids and good length and grip. This will be a good bottle by any stretch of the imagination, but it today it does not seem to be much of a step up from the really excellent Estournelles this year. (Drink between 2015-2045)
Far more successful than two Jadot negociant Chambertin grand crus, their estate 2006 Chapelle-Chambertin – from very old vines – displays an alluring nose of rose petal and red fruits. In the mouth, pure, sweet red berry fruit is superbly transparent to nuances of an herbal and mineral (peat, iodine, chalk) elements, as an apparently direct result of which the finish here is dynamically interactive, a virtue reinforced by the wine's vintage-typical sense of buoyancy. This is texturally refined as well, though not without ample underlying tannin. One can enjoy it now, or anytime over the next decade, I predict. (DS)
A mix of sweet spice and cherry marks this forceful, intense red, whose fruit and tannins both saturate the palate. The flavors linger, playing out on the long aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2024.
An exceptionally pure and high-toned lacy, even airy nose is set off by a deft touch of wood and distinct earth and game notes that precede the cool and precise, rich and round flavors that offer good depth and an old vine intensity that is penetrating and impressive with remarkably little hail induced dryness thought there is noticeable austerity.
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