2012 Domaine Louis Jadot Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru (Previously $350)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru, which like the Chapelle-Chambertin is domaine-owned, has a more voluminous, multi-faceted bouquet with engaging incense and mineral notes infusing the beautifully defined black fruits. The palate is very well balanced on the entry with more tension and nervosite than the Chambertin, building effortlessly towards a quite regal, sophisticated finish whose mineralite lingers long in the mouth. Outstanding. (NM)
The 2012 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru is a great example of this site. Blue/purple fruit, smoke, licorice, menthol and violets jump from the glass. The aromas and flavors are remarkably vivid in the glass. I am particularly attracted to the combination of intensity and finesse here, something that isn't always easy to achieve in such a big, imposing wine. (AG)
Taut and linear, with cherry, strawberry, smoke, tobacco, graphite, iron, vanilla and clove flavors. This is unyielding at this point, despite the complexity, with a steely structure and a lingering tobacco finish. The terrific length indicates the ultimate potential of this bottling. Best from 2018 through 2033.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Here the lightly wooded nose is notably spicy if brooding with mostly dark berry fruit and earth scents holding the upper hand for the moment. There is a sophisticated mouth feel to the velvety and extract rich big-bodied flavors that coat the mouth with exceptionally firm but phenolically mature tannins on the explosively long, complex and impeccably well-balanced finish. Note that this has already begun to shut down and while the future is indisputably bright it's clear that this is going to require a very long snooze in a cool cellar. I would also observe that while this seems quite forward, as it sits in the glass the tannins become ever more apparent and patience will be an absolute necessity.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Lovely spicy lift to the aromas of dark berries, coffee, mocha, medicinal herbs and black tea. Very tightly wound but light on its feet, with its tangy, sharply delineated dark berry and mineral flavors currently overshadowed by sexy spice and incense elements. This very young wine's inherent sweetness shines through its almost painful tannins on the very long, refined finish. Not quite as perfumed as it was last year from barrel, but then this wine is a baby today. 94+ (ST)
Very subtle and solid with a wonderful combination of sweetness and structure. Long and nervy. Transparent. Throbs on the palate. This is what burgundy is all about. Excitement. Sweetness without being sickly. Simply gorgeous! (19/20 points)