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2008 Giroud Camille, Chapelle-ChambertinJul. 2010
Deeper if less wide aromas – there is a similar, almost grainy, complexity to the the nose that the Charmes shows again it is almost ‘fuzzy focus’ versus the Cortons. The palate here is tighter and equally intense. Good balance and finish – I like this very much.
2007 Giroud Camille, Chapelle-ChambertinDec. 2009
Versus the Corton, totally different aromas of dark-skinned cherry, hints of cured meat – makes a good impact. Mmmm – really complex, concentrated and balanced with just a faint spike of CO2. Faint oak texture in the finish that is largely wrapped in creamy flavour. Really excellent!
1991 Savour Club, Chapelle-ChambertinDec. 2008
Differing from the label, the cork is actually printed with Chapelles-Chambertin – perhaps that means it comes from both parts – Chapelle and Gémeux – or maybe not! The colour is medium, medium-plus ruby red with just a little amber showing at the edge. The nose is a wonderfully soft, truffly, eventually mocha affair – swirling will bring out some soil and leaf notes. In the mouth it has sweetness, some fat and soft texture from still present, relatively fine tannin. There’s a nice extra edge of intensity in the mid-palate and ‘just right’ acidity to whisk you into a good, long finish – should it have a bit more grand cru density? – perhaps, but there is quite enough grand cru ‘flavour authority’. Still just a bit of tannic bitterness too. This might be well over 15 years old, and whilst it’s still a lovely drink now, it frankly needs another 3-5 years for full maturity. What a shame there were only 8 bottles of this in the ‘lot’…
2006 Damoy Pierre, Chapelle-ChambertinDec. 2008
Medium, medium-plus colour. Wide with lovely, slightly floral high tones and super-focused fruit. It fills your mouth with super-fine tannin and a number of dimensions of lovely fruit. Lingers beautifully. This is a ‘hit’!
2006 Perrot-Minot Christophe, Chapelle-ChambertinDec. 2008
A little more ruby-coloured than previous wines. A sweet nose with mocha/caramel. Again there is undoubted concentration, but this time wrapped with a nicer freshness. Long and very impressive wine – super.
2005 Bouchard Père et Fils, Chapelle-ChambertinApr. 2008
Lots of dark oak on the nose – obscures much of the fruit. Dark oak and fruit on the palate too. There’s decent length, but I miss focus. The black oak of Bouchard P&F
2005 Giroud Camille, Chapelle-ChambertinApr. 2008
A wide and interesting red and black fruit mix on the nose. Lithe and athletic with plenty of structure but matched to very nice fruit. Tannic for sure, but excellent.
1997 Damoy Pierre, Chapelle-ChambertinNov. 2007
Wide and interesting, just a little diffuse but there’s plenty of complexity and a little earth. Relatively fresh, starting wide and narrows/concentrates into the finish – and it’s a good creamy finish. The overall stance of this wine is one of understatement – but it’s very nice and if seen at a good price…
2004 Giroud Camille, Chapelle-ChambertinNov. 2007
A medium cherry-red colour. The nose whilst showing lots of herbal, spice and floral elements has none of the ‘2004 cedar’ – very interesting. The palate is lithe and quite linear, a touch austere even, but great fruit, a sneaky extra dimension on the mid-palate and a very, very impressive, if understated finish keep you coming back for more. It clearly needs time but I expect it should repay the wait – say from 2015…
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