The Chambolle AC had finished up its malo a bit earlier than some of the other wines in the cellar and had been racked on September 4th, and consequently was really singing in November. The bouquet is deep, pure and perfumed, as it offers up scents of cherries, orange zest, pungent roses, pomegranate and a complex base of chalky soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and sappy, with great purity, lovely mid-palate depth, fine-grained tannins and a very stylish, tangy and long finish. A very high class villages!
Candied, cherry and floral notes. Strawberry and ripe berries all over. Really emphasizes fruit, mineral and flowers. The acidity is really pronounced, almost giving it a citrusy character. Has a New World character from the fruitiness. A little one-dimensional. Very fruity with a citrus undertone. A beautiful wine.
A more elegant and ever-so-slightly riper nose also displays very high-toned red pinot fruit that is in keeping with the lacy, textured, detailed and minerally middle weight flavors that are racy, linear and precise on the firm and persistent finish. This is not overly complex, at least not yet though this may come with a few years in bottle.
Smoky black tea, pungent brown spices, and tart cherry inform a Barthod 2008 Chambolle-Musigny of enervating brightness yet incipient textural richness. Tart and pungent in its lasting finish, this will no doubt strike some tasters as leaning toward austerity, but I anticipate an exuberant, highly versatile and stimulating performer at table over the next half dozen years if not longer. 'Especially in a challenging vintage,' notes Barthod, 'my village Chambolle benefits from originating in so many and such diverse locations.' (DS)
Full, bright red. Pretty aromas of raspberry and flowers. Juicy, intensely flavored and perfumed; with its sappy acidity, this really stimulates the salivary glands. Finishes with suave tannins and noteworthy energy. As strong an early showing for this straight village wine as I can remember. Of course, this wine had the advantage of having been racked at the beginning of September, whereas the premier crus had been racked just a couple weeks before my early November visit. (ST)
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