2009 Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru (Previously $230)

SKU #1080366 94 points Wine Spectator

 A muscular, full-bodied red, with pure cherry, raspberry and currant fruit. Tightens up on the finish, where subtle oak spice lingers. Balanced, on a sinewy frame. Best from 2016 through 2035.  (6/2012)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A pretty and cool but distinctly ripe mix of upper and lower register aromas includes notes of red currant, wild red berries, earth and stone hints. The attractively energetic and focused medium weight plus flavors possess very fine mid-palate concentration with a silky yet firm mouth feel. There is excellent depth and length to the palate staining finish that is an exercise in harmony and balance though there is some youthful asperity present. Lovely and this should age exceptionally well.  (4/2012)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Chapelle-Chambertin possesses wonderful inner perfume and detail in its layered fruit. This shows lovely precision and depth to match the understated yet impeccably classy personality. The Chapelle is made from estate owned vineyards. This old-vine parcel is planted with bunches that give tiny berries. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029. (AG)  (5/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright, dark red. Oaky aromas of dried cherry, redcurrant, rhubarb and flowers, with an enticing perfumed note of maraschino cherry. Deep, tactile and rich, with its mid-palate sweetness and generosity nicely tempered by superb spicy acidity. Offers a compelling combination of red fruit and floral high notes and deeper tones of musky minerality. Very dense, fine-grained and long, with a tautness that transcends the vintage. Sexy already, but I'd cellar this to allow the wine's acids and tannins to come into perfect harmony. 93+ (ST)  (4/2012)

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From Jadot's oldest vines!

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