2004 Domaine Pierre Damoy Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

SKU #1177148 91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This too has a touch of wood spice framing naturally spicy and exceptionally expressive aromas of violets, plum, anise and a background note of kirsch that gives way to rich, explosive and wonderfully intense full-bodied flavors that seem to last for several minutes. This is one seriously long wine yet impeccably balanced despite the intensity and firmness of the finish. This should be easily capable of rewarding 20 years in bottle though I suspect that 10 will see it at or near its maturity.  (1/2006)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This is muscular, with a velvety richness and notes of black cherry, plum and mineral. Seems approachable now, but has a solid core of tannins, and the fine spicy finish is much tighter. Best from 2008 through 2020. (BS)  (5/2007)

John Gilman

 The Clos de Bèze has always been one of the most impressive Damoy wines, and it is quite good in 2004. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a fairly representative mélange of plums, dark berries, black cherries, chocolate, grilled meats, soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, has a bit of depth, and is long, focused and complex on the ripely tannic finish. The percentage of new oak here must be higher than in the Chapelle, as though there is better stuffing in the mid-palate, the wood sticks out a bit on the finish. But all in all, a good, solid bottle.  (3/2006)

Jancis Robinson

 Cask sample. Quite pale rim. Very lively and dramatic nose. Very arresting. Fireworks! Not classic, but no shortage of impact. 17.5/20  (1/2006)

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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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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.
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.