2015 Domaine Comte de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Amoureuses" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1311515 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru les Amoureuses has a very pure and seductive bouquet with both blood orange and orange rind infusing the black fruit, beautifully focused and with perhaps a greater degree of transparency than many recent vintages. You can feel the terroir here. The palate is underpinned by fine tannin and superb tension. There is a surfeit of energy here, avoiding any heaviness with effortless ease, those Asian spices and a pinch of white pepper enlivening the focused and sophisticated finish. This will equal the two grand crus in the long-term.(NM)  (12/2016)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An exuberantly spicy, complex, pure and strikingly elegant nose is composed of black fruit, violet and plums aromas that are trimmed in just a hint of sandalwood. The equally complex, naturally sweet and rich mouth coating flavors exude so much minerality that they are like rolling small pebbles around in the mouth while displaying a seductively textured, refined and beautifully balanced finish that offers sneaky good length. This is class and grace personified though again note well that this is going to need plenty of time before it reaches its full apogee.  (1/2017)

94 points John Gilman

 As Monsieur Millet noted, the domaine is the third largest holder of vines in Amoureuses, with fifty-five ares, which only follows the fifty-nine ares of Domaine Joseph Drouhin and the full hectare owned by Domaine Robert Groffier. The 2015 Comte de Vogüé version is going to be an excellent wine, as it jumps from the glass in a really pure and primary blend of red and black cherries, violets, raw cocoa, spices, a complex base of soil and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and seamless, with a superb core of sappy fruit, excellent focus and grip, fine-grained tannins and simply superb mineral drive on the long and complex finish. The combination of sappy, pure fruit and great soil complexity is rare and very exciting for the future of this fine bottle. 2025-2075. 94  (1/2017)

92-94 points Vinous

 Healthy red-ruby. Excellent floral lift to the aromas of black raspberry, blueberry and mint. Then wonderfully suave and seamless but with terrific energy and juiciness to its crushed dark fruit and cocoa powder flavors. The tannins are very refined, but the wine's very long finish is still youthfully clenched. This wine boasts plenty of structure for graceful evolution in bottle.(ST)  (1/2017)

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- 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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- 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.
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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.