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2008 Comte Georges de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny Premier CruMar. 2011
In this case there’s a little minerality and musk added to the perfume. Very, very fine tannin plus an extra dimension of flavour in the mid-palate. Broad in the finish with a little cherry-stone.
2007 Comte Georges de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny Premier CruApr. 2009
A similar fruit profile on the nose, augmented with fresh, slightly more floral top-notes. Clearly the mouthfeel has more gras (fat), width and innate complexity. Wide, complex, fresh and very faintly long. There is more than a hint of minerality here too. Additional complexity comes through on the nose with a range of herbs and spices that compliment the fruit. I liked this very much.
1999 Drouhin Joseph, Chambolle-Musigny Premier CruApr. 2009
Medium cherry-red colour. The nose is deep, just a little plummy at the base and higher-up has lovely red cherry fruit – it just misses a little higher perfume. A really lovely extra dimension of fruit flavour that becomes more intense in the mid-palate and is borne on excellent acidity, except that it has a slightly sharp edge. The tannin is an understated fine grain as you head into mineral finish. Tightens-up considerably in the glass after about 1 hour – it becomes only half the wine it was before, so pop, pour and drink, or leave in the cellar another 3-5 years. Not perfect, but very good.
2006 Comte Georges de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny Premier CruDec. 2008
Medium colour. Fine and very complex aromatics – very lovely mix of fruit(s) and faint torrefaction. Intense, plenty of velvet tannin and great dimension in the mid-palate. The flavour lingers really well. I seem to ‘click’ with this in most vintages, and frankly, this is almost worth the price of entry, even at 185 swiss francs!
2005 Comte Georges de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny Premier CruNov. 2007
High-toned, complex and delicate aromatics – quite engaging. More concentration and tannin than the ‘villages’, but there’s really and extra dimension of flavour in the mid-palate. Excellent, but also overpriced.
2001 Drouhin Joseph, Chambolle-Musigny Premier CruApr. 2007
In 2001 this was assembled from 4 vineyards: Borniques, Les Plantes, Les Combottes and 13 rows of Hautes-Doix. The nose starts a little dense, but slowly opens, softens and becomes more subtle; minerality somehow wrapped in fine fruit. In the mouth this is quite linear with some slightly dry but well-textured tannin. There is lovely complexity and a good length. Understated concentration (30 hl/ha this year), this is very young, but very lovely
2004 Comte Georges de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny Premier CruApr. 2007
Medium-plus ruby-red colour – right to the rim. The nose starts dense, very tight and quite deep. Time reduces the depth and gives this a wider and redder complexion, though more patience – about 2 hours from opening – and it’s has a coffee aspect coming through and certainly a finer aspect. The palate is also rather dense, quite fat and very well textured, it’s also very, very long, but that length is heavily oak-driven, slightly bitter and not so nice. Two hours in the glass does nothing to improve the finish, nor impart some complexity. My summary (so far) is drunk too young and currently showing too much oak on the finish.
2001 Comte Georges de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny Premier CruMar. 2005
Similar in colour to the 2001 villages Chambolle. The fruit shows a much deeper aspect on the nose and still a trace of oak. The palate also offers a step-up in density vs the villages and an extra creamy edge to the beautifully presented fruit. To match, there’s a little extra structure with more forward tannins. Not so lacy but certainly more serious. Very good wine, one day.
2000 Comte Georges de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny Premier CruMar. 2005
Just a little darker than the 2000 villages Chambolle. The nose is deeper, but significantly tighter. In the mouth, instantly lacier and spicier with an immense step-up in complexity – high-toned fruits invade the back of the palate. Late tannin grab with a really impressive length – I’d buy this in a shot.
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