2008 Perrot Minot Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Less expressive and even wilder than the Mazoyeres, hinting at briary blackberry, violet and roast coffee. Then wonderfully sweet and silky yet at the same time cool and relatively unevolved, with strong acidity framing the red and black fruit flavors. Extremely long and animated on the back end. This definitely needs more elevage These vines are in the cooler northern part of this vineyard, notes Perrot-Minot. (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A discreet application of wood highlights the intensely earthy and underbrush-suffused ripe dark berry aromas that display a subtle spiciness that precede the rich, intense and sculpted full-bodied flavors that culminate in a linear and youthfully austere finish that goes on and on. Like the Cham, this is a big '08 that is built to age for the medium to medium-long term so some patience will be required. An impressively harmonious effort.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Rose petal, licorice, cassis, and game scent the Perrot-Minot 2008 Chambertin Clos De Beze Vieilles Vignes, then expansively rush to saturate every corner of the mouth, to the accompaniment of peat, chalk, and crushed stone. A tartness of berry skin and pronounced salinity lend invigoration to a resonant, nearly indelible finish. This demands patience. Perhaps revisit it in 6 years and in any case expect it to remain formidable for 20 or more. Whether it will acquire any sense of elegance I am not sure, but it will almost certainly reveal further complexity. Cellar this for 6-8 years and plan on a subsequent decade of high performance. (DS)
A lithe, juicy red, sporting black cherry, raspberry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors. Intense and polished, with terrific energy and length as the berry and oak spice flavors converge on the aftertaste.