2015 Domaine Dujac Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1311519 92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is more aromatically restrained still as the earthy and sauvage-tinged nose only grudgingly provides glimpses of the pretty lavender, spice, tea and red cherry aromas. This possesses an interesting palate impression as the mid-palate is round, supple and caressing yet the finish is dusty, firm, serious and borderline rustic. I suspect that this will loosen up quickly such that it will be approachable after only 7 to 8 years yet require 15 to 18 to arrive at its full peak.  (1/2017)

94 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Charmes-Chambertin from Jeremy Seysses and the family is another beautiful wine in the making, with a bit more sappiness at the core than the stellar Combottes, but every bit as much soil inflection and breed. The bouquet delivers a lovely blend of sappy red and black cherries, woodsmoke, gamebird, nutskin, complex soil tones, vanillin oak and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very refined structurally, with a rock solid core, lovely backend minerality, ripe tannins. sound acids and a long, pure and elegant finish. 2025— 2075+.  (1/2017)

91-94 points Vinous

 (racked): Bright, dark red. Inviting scents of dark raspberry, blood orange, dried flowers and musky underbrush. Sweeter, creamier and deeper than the Combottes but not yet showing quite the lift of that wine. Flavors of raspberry, chocolate and earth are joined by a bit of low-toned oak. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and a lingering saline quality.(ST)  (1/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a tightly wound, undergrowth-tinged bouquet, one that is less outgoing than others that I have tasted, with damp moss scents and sea cave emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite understated for a Charmes-Chambertin, but cohesive with a pinch of pepper enlivening the finish. I might have liked a little more persistence, otherwise this is a very satisfying Charmes-Chambertin, dare I say potentially outflanked by the Gevrey Combottes this year?(NM)  (12/2016)

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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.
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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. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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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.