Reduction presently dominates the fruit. Otherwise there is a bit more volume to the equally vibrant and mineral-inflected flavors that deliver even slightly better complexity on the lingering and well-balanced finale. As is usually the case this is less refined than the Feusselottes but there is better depth here. While these two Chambolle 1ers are qualitatively similar they present two very different expressions.
The 2015 Chambolle Musigny les Groseilles 1er Cru has an expressive bouquet with dark cherry, boysenberry and blackcurrant aromas. It is well defined if not exactly getting both hands on that expression 'Pinoté.' The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. I find more finesse and freshness, but not nervosité here compared to the Les Charmes, and the finish feels long and tensile. I suspect it will land at the top of my banded score once in bottle. (NM)
Bright ruby-red. Rather subdued aromas of raspberry, pepper and herbs complicated by musky minerality. Nicely concentrated but a bit minty and cool for 2015, without quite the refinement of texture shown by the Cote de Beaune wines here. Finishes with a medicinal quality and slightly dry tongue-dusting tannins. I don't find the full fruit ripeness of the best 2015s, but this wine needs time in bottle to unwind. (ST)
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