The 2011 Gevrey-Chambertin Le Combe Aux Moines has a bit of everything. Light on its feet and aromatically expressive, the Combe Aux Moines also has plenty of fruit and underlying structure. In 2011, the Combe Aux Moines stands out for its saline vibrancy. There is a weightless intensity in the glass that is simply a marvel to behold. (AG)
If anyone makes a finer example of Combes aux Moines than Jean-Marie Fourrier, I am blissfully ignorant of this fact. The 2011 is another absolutely beautiful bottle in the making, offering up a deep and very elegant nose of black cherries, red plums, raw cocoa, a touch of grilled meat, black minerality, woodsmoke, fresh thyme and a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with great focus and purity, ripe, seamless tannins and stunning length and grip on the still quite primary finish. A classic! (Drink between 2022-2060)
Bright full red. Deeper-pitched on the nose than the Champeaux, offering scents of raspberry, mocha, smoke and earth. Then sappy, savory and complex on the palate, with terrific cut and palate-staining persistence to its red fruit and saline mineral flavors. The wine's enticing sweetness is perfectly buffered by strong acidity. Really builds on the aftertaste. "Not wearing its normal teenage scowl now," notes Vicki Fourrier. (ST)
Soft but not invisible wood weaves through the beautifully well-layered and relatively high-toned red berry, plum, wet stone and sauvage scents. There is an appealing texture to the lush, indeed even opulent medium weight plus flavors that display a subtle minerality on the precise, firm and impressively persistent finish. This is a big but not especially rustic or muscular Combe Aux Moines. *Outstanding*
The 2011 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combes Aux Moines has a tightly wound bouquet – cold stone, almost flinty on the nose. The palate is structured on the entry, showing some corpulence and puissance toward the finish, though at the expense of finesse that the Cherbaudes has in droves. Excellent. (NM)
Darker fruited than the Cherbaudes and a little more spice. Tannins so fine they are already silky. Real intensity and line even though it is so refined. Great length. Delicious. 18/20 ooints. (JH)
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