(100% new oak): Deep red-ruby. Profound, multidimensional nose melds primary dark berries, licorice pastille, spices and soil tones. Highly concentrated and taut, with more than enough dark fruit intensity to balance the wine's strong saline minerality. A whiplash of acidity on the back half gives this remarkably chewy wine the tautness of a 2010. Really resounds and builds on the back end, which features extremely suave tannins and great refinement. This is balanced from the start but will be even better a decade from now. (ST)
Like the Bonnes Mares this is sufficiently reduced to render a thorough evaluation of the nose impossible though notes of wood and menthol are detectable. There is an ultra-sophisticated mouth feel to the intensely mineral-driven melt-in-your-mouth broad-shouldered flavors that possess excellent detail and power on the focused, intense, serious and very serious finish. As seductive as this is now it should amply reward long-term cellaring.
Next to the Bèze, the 2012 Chambertin comes across as earthy, with plenty of sweet tobacco, autumn leave, dried herb and spice notes. There is good lift and perfume in the glass, although stylistically the Chambertin is quite a bit more savory and less overt than the Bèze. Iron and a host of ferrous notes add complexity on the powerful, slightly austere finish. (AG)
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