2015 Maison Joseph Drouhin Chambolle Musigny (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1312346 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A discreet application of wood easily allows the elegant and beautifully layered red berry fruit, floral and anise-scented nose to shine. The mouth feel of the equally refined medium-bodied flavors is sleeker than that of the Vosne, indeed this is silky and with more minerality as well on the saline and impressively persistent finish that is very Chambolle in character. This is a most impressive villages and highly recommended.  (4/2017)

90 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Chambolle villages from Maison Drouhin is excellent this year, with its feet firmly planted in the 1990-like stylistic camp. The bouquet offers up a fine blend of baked red and black cherries, chocolate, gamebird, a fine base of soil, a touch of hazelnut and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite pure on the attack, with a sappy core, fine acids and soil signature and a long, focused and modestly tannic finish. Good juice. 2020-2050.  (1/2017)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny Village has an attractive bouquet with black plum, undergrowth and wilted violet scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, smooth and harmonious, not enormous weight but nicely controlled and sensual on the finish. It gives you just about all you seek in a village cru level Chambolle.(NM)  (12/2016)

88-90 points Vinous

 Healthy bright red. Reticent scents of pomegranate, cranberry, minerals and spices display lovely subtle floral lift. Supple, broad and fresh but perhaps a bit youthfully sullen today, not currently showing the energy or cut of the Vosne-Romanée. But this wine boasts solid concentration and length, finishing with chewy tannins. The Drouhins blended a bit of their Chambolle-Musigny Les Haut-Doix into this village wine but no Les Baudes, as that premier cru was made on its own in 2015. (ST)  (1/2017)

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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

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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.
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Chambolle Musigny

- A charming village in the Côte de Nuits, north of Clos Vougeot. Mostly red (and very little white) wine from limestone-dominated soil makes the communes' wine silky, with finesse rather than density. The wines are known for their aromatic purity and elegance. The Grands Crus are Musigny and Bonnes Mares.