Brooding dark fruits on the nose, super-ripe without any jamminess or overt oakiness. Splendid attack, with power and tension. The firm tannins are much more pronounced than in Chambertin, and provide a lot of grip. Truly adolescent and shouldn't be broached for years. The fruit is currently submerged beneath the assertive structure - this has 13.7% alcohol without any chaptalisation, hence the power. It may well overtake the more elegant Chambertin in 20 years, but who knows?Drinking Window 2022 - 2050.(SB)
The 2015 Clos de Bèze from Domaine Rousseau is brilliant. The bouquet is bottomless and musky in personality, albeit, more reserved at the present time than the Chambertin, offering up scents of red plums, cherries, gamebird, very complex soil tones, raw cocoa, hints of fresh nutmeg, exotic spices and cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and sappy at the core, with great soil signature, ripe and seamless tannins, tangy acids and laser-like focus on the very, very long and potentially brilliant finish. This will need plenty of time to blossom, but it will be a legend! (Drink between 2030-2100) 98 points
(90% new wood). Once again the wood treatment is in evidence but it’s by no means intrusive as it easily allows for the clear expression of the plum, black cherry, lavender, violet and tea aromas. The exceptionally rich and impressively dense broad-shouldered flavors also exhibit excellent minerality and almost as much power on the massively long finish. As is usually the case when one compares these two wines, this is finer and offers a distinctly different expression than the Chambertin. The Bèze typically shows a bit better and more completely young and then after 15 to 20 years the Chambertin often surpasses it. Which you will like better is often very much a question of preference but in 2015 the Chambertin appears to hold the slightest of edges. Time will of course tell but it would be fair to observe that they both possess enormous development potential. 2035+
The 2015 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru is spectacular, wafting from the glass with a dramatic bouquet of sweet grilled meat, red and black fruit, candied peel and rich soil. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and powerful, with a lavishly gourmand attack that evokes the 2009 rendition, but this quickly segues into the mid-palate of an altogether more tautly structural, serious wine, its considerable dimension and concentration underwritten by racy acids. The finish is long and firm. This is a monumental Clos de Bèze built for the long haul. (WK)
Bright, dark red. Riper and more exotic today than the Chambertin, but with its aromas of dark fruits, spices and flowers a bit blocked by an element of exotic oak. Densely packed but extremely backward and imploded, and much harder to taste than the Chambertin, as the wine's fruit and licorice flavors are suppressed in the early going. Finishes classically dry and a bit unyielding; the substantial dusty tannins are ultimately rather suave but will require considerable bottle aging. I should note that this wine was also tough going a year ago from the barrel.
The 2015 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru has to address some reduction issues at first, although there is plenty of brambly red berry fruit, cranberry and pomegranate on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and layers of red and black fruit infused with crushed stone and veins of blue fruit. There is wonderful harmony and tension here, and real precision and intensity toward the finish that testify to the greatness of the 2015 vintage. Serious, delicious and quite compelling. Expect that plus sign against my score to come into play as this Clos-de-Bèze matures in bottle. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting. (NM)
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