2007 Maison Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru (Previously $80.)

SKU #1050459 93 points Wine & Spirits

 A modern style, in the sense that this is clean, with new oak setting the boundaries of flavor. Yet this remains true Chambolle in its fragrance and elegance. The volume on the floral scents is turned up high, as is the bright, wild tension in the wine. And even with the oak, the wine and its fraises des bois flavor remain transparent, a cool, juicy scrim that has some vibrancy and vibration to it. Hold onto this for ten years or more.  (10/2009)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A high-toned nose of mineral suffused red raspberry fruit and sour cherry aromas trimmed in a bit of wood spice dissolves seamlessly into rich, full and generous flavors that retain a fine sense of underlying detail on the textured, stony and intense finish. I very much like the persistence and this too speaks of its origins.  (4/2009)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Finely perfumed, a wine that has some elegant structure, sweet red-berry fruits and a light acidity. The texture is gentle, soft and rounded, ready to drink now.  (12/2010)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Drouhin's 2007 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru is redolent of red licorice, red raspberry, cherry, lily, and nutmeg. Its alluring aromas presage its sweetly-ripe, polished palate, and it finishes with good length, although it loses just a bit of its fruit purity and smoothness at that point. I would plan to enjoy this over the next 3-5 years.  (6/2010)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, pale red. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, strawberry and rose petal; an essence of Chambolle. Juicy and sweet, with excellent cut to the flavors of red berries and blood orange. Nicely silky and light on its feet. Finishes subtle and long, with a peppery nuance. A lovely sample  (3/2009)

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- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


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Chambolle Musigny

- A charming village in the Côte de Nuits, north of Clos Vougeot. Mostly red (and very little white) wine from limestone-dominated soil makes the communes' wine silky, with finesse rather than density. The wines are known for their aromatic purity and elegance. The Grands Crus are Musigny and Bonnes Mares.