The 2008 Chapelle-Chambertin totally saturates the palate with deep layers of fruit and an enveloping, intense personality. Today the aromatics are rather inward and hard to read, especially as the wine starts shutting down in the glass. The Chapelle is at the beginning of what looks to be a fascinating journey. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028. 95+ (AG)
A brooding and recalcitrant nose is composed of a tight nugget of pretty red pinot fruit together with notes of stone, dried berries, jerky and plenty of damp earth that also suffuses the impressively precise medium-bodied flavors that display a subtle trace of minerality on the tension-filled and explosive finish that is balanced, long and overtly austere at this early stage. This will also require time as it's quite backward and it wouldn't surprise me if more time were needed than my indicated window suggests. In short, patience will be required.
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