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