2011 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru (Previously $450)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
This is very reduced though there is good freshness and verve to the notably rich and generous medium-bodied flavors that display enough minerality to add lift to the taut and muscular finish that packs plenty of punch but not rusticity. This is markedly austere and exceptionally serious and I would also describe this as very old school. I would advise buying this only with the intention of cellaring it for the long-term.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru is from a half-hectare located in the top right hand corner as you look at the climat on the map. It offers a charming and gentle, almost Charmes-Chambertin-like bouquet that unfolds in the glass. The palate has a slight reduction on the palate that smudges the overall effect and yet it is rounded and supple in the mouth with cranberry, raspberry leaf and a pinch of black pepper toward the tender finish. Fine. (NM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright dark red. Aromas of black raspberry, crushed stone and iron are currently a bit blocked by an element of smoky reduction. Chewy and savory in the mouth, conveying complex, saline soil tones but with fruit in the deep background today. A bit dumb at present, and not at all sweet. Finishes with a serious dusting of oak tannins. In a rather awkward stage but there's plenty of material here. (ST)
Very low yields. Dark crimson. Very scented and flattering. Juicy with sweet fruit. Exciting. Sweet and dense with very fine tannins and concentration of subtle fruit. Very subtle and charming. Not quite as explosive as the Bressandes but nearly. 18/20 points.
93 points John Gilman: "The 2011 Griotte-Chambertin had not yet been racked at the time of my visit and was ready, showing just a bit of reduction on both the nose and palate. However, underneath is a lovely wine in the making, offering up scents of red and black cherries, plums, cocoa, a touch of nutskin, grilled meats and a bit of new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with fine, nascent complexity, fine-grained tannins and superb length and grip on the focused and youthful finish. Lovely juice. (Drink between 2022-2050)" (12/2012)