1996 Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

SKU #1149544 97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I have no argument with anyone who states that this wine merits a perfect score. It is a dark ruby/purple-colored wine that regales the olfactory senses with sweet and perfumed red and black cherry scents that are lively, profound, and verging on jammy - reminiscent of the filling of a deep dish cherry pie. On the palate, this wondrous wine's combination of super-ripe candied red fruits and violets with virtually perfect precision and purity of flavors is mind-boggling. This complex, velvety-textured, chewy, and delineated wine is utterly extraordinary and other-worldly. (PR)  (8/1998)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby-red. Slightly sauvage, multidimensional aromas of black fruits, sweet oak and licorice, plus a whiff of animal fur. Offers confectionary sweetness in the mouth, yet maintains uncanny delineation and grip. The slow-building finish goes on and on. A monumental wine with powerful structure: give this extremely unevolved grand cru plenty of aeration if you plan to try it now. (ST)  (4/1999)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A gorgeously spicy, wonderfully complex and fresh red fruit nose followed by refined, succulent, beautifully balanced, medium-bodied flavors of superior length. Very classy and pure juice and this is so rich that the naturally potent acidity of '96 actually serves to give the flavors better delineation and overall finesse rather than making them seem light or overly thin. In short, this is a serious wine of impeccable aging potential and while it certainly could be approached now with pleasure, it will continue to benefit from a few more years of cellar time. Consistent notes.  (10/2006)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Literally drenched in black fruit flavors, with hints of vanilla and game, this is a round, chunky '96 bordering on chocolaty. Rich and satisfying, with a lingering, slightly hot finish. (BS)  (9/1998)

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Varietal:

Pineau d'Aunis

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Gevrey Chambertin

- For many wine aficionados, Gevrey Chambertin is the northernmost end of the true Côte d'Or. The largest of all of the communes, it has 9 Grands Crus (Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Chapelle Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin, Griotte Chambertin, Latricieres Chambertin, Mazy Chambertin, Mazoyeres Chambertin and Ruchottes Chambertin). The best Premier Cru wines come form the vineyards nestled along a hill to the west of the village. The Grands Crus are planted in compacted limestone, while the soils in the rest of the village vary as to their clay content. If we are to characterize broadly, the wines are powerful, muscular and need time in the bottle to develop.