2008 Domaine Comte de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Amoureuses"

SKU #1062267 94-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The de Vogue 2008 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses is alluringly scented with iris, red raspberry, citrus oils, and illusive intimations of crystalline, crushed stone minerality. The richness of fruit here does indeed support Millet’s description of 'syrup,' but at the same time, one could hardly do better than accept his characterization of this particular wine as displaying 'the synergy between natural minerality and the freshness of the 2008 vintage.' There is a subtlety and transparency of fruit to mineral and floral nuances here reminiscent of water color, a metaphor of mine with which Millet is willing to go along on several levels, including its support of his notion that the fruit character of the vintage is fragile, but that once captured in bottle in timely fashion will not easily fade. I would expect great things from this deeply complex yet ethereal, persistently shimmering beauty over the next 12-15 years. (DS)  (6/2010)

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, deep red. Musky red fruits and flinty minerality on the nose, with piquant topnotes of orange peel and white pepper. Chewy and sappy, with its powerful, cool minerality conveying a taut impression of Amoureuses terroir The very long, rising finish is downright luminous. (ST)  (4/2010)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A highly spiced and stunningly elegant nose offers up a complex mixture of dried rose petal, plum and mostly dark berry fruit aromas that remain almost completely primary. There is fine precision to the pure and gorgeously intense moderately full-bodied flavors that possess a caressing mouth feel while delivering serious punch and drive on the still youthfully structured and mineral-inflected finish. This is firm but not hard and if given 30+ minutes of air could even be enjoyed now. That said, I would be inclined to hold this beauty for another 8 to 10 years. Drink: Try from 2023+  (7/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Bright mid cherry red. Very pure and even slightly meaty and definitely substantial on the nose. Great integrity and concentration. Wonderful attack -- crunchy like fresh taffeta in texture. Dancing but far from lush. A slightly leaner style than in some years. More marked by the vintage than the regular Chambolles from this domaine. Extremely youthful and well structured with great confidence but it also demands patience, I suspect. Zesty, vibrant finish. 18/20 points. Drink 2015 - 2025. (JR)  (11/2009)

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Pinot Noir

- 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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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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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.