I wasn’t the biggest fan of this early (for those days) red vintage, because too many of the wines, whilst ripe, had a soupy quality to them – where was the clarity(?), I thought. Time has made the wines more interesting and complex – though not always with more clarity – but this one’s quite good now!
2007 Lignier-Michelot, Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles-Vignes
There’s plenty of colour development here – the wine tending to brown at the rim. The nose is wide-open with a broad bass-line that’s leafy and of dark, plummy, fruit, the high tones tending to a sweet and ripe floral – not classically pretty Chambolle flowers but still inviting. More time in the glass and the nose has more vibrancy and is starting to pick up on a more classical line of violet perfume – good! Like the supporting aspects of the nose, this is broad across the palate – a little mineral and still showing some faint, dark, bitters – maybe originating from the barrel – but there’s enough sweetness of fruit to balance these bitters without a problem. The finish is narrower – a more direct line of flavour – and mineral with more than a glimpse of salinity. It’s worth a second glass.
Rebuy – Maybe