2015 Domaine Georges Roumier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Cras" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1326998 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras has a pastille-like purity on the nose, tightly wound at first but gaining in vigor with mulberry, blackberry and raspberry scents. The palate is beautifully balanced with very fine tannin, a little denser than the Combettes with a firmer grip in the mouth. There is very good salinity on the finish that feels stern at the moment, but will flesh out once the cellar warms up and the wine approaches bottling. At present the Chambolle Combottes has the edge, but let's see in ten years time.(NM)  (12/2016)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a 1.75 ha parcel of vines averaging 35 to 40 years of age). Here the cool and more restrained nose is at once spicier and more elegant with a relatively high-toned combination of pomegranate, cherry, violet and lavender aromas. The equally elegant, pure, sleek and highly energetic flavors possess an exquisitely fine mouthfeel along with bracing minerality while delivering superb length on the saline and bitter cherry-inflected finish. This is potentially a great vintage for this wine as everything is in place for it to be really, really good in time. 2027+  (1/2018)

92 points Vinous

 Bright dark red. Very stony aromas of black raspberry, black pepper and smoky calcaire. Large-scaled, dense, slightly medicinal premier cru with full ripeness but a youthfully clenched quality today. Rather powerful on the back end, finishing with sneaky palate-staining length and fine-grained tannins. (ST)  (1/2018)

91 points Decanter

 Robust nose showing some black fruit alongside cherry. Fresh attack, limpid and pure, with a tannic backbone providing tension and staying power. It shows flair on the long, lightly chewy finish. Drinking Window 2018 - 2028  (2/2017)

89-91 points John Gilman

 The 2015 les Cras from Christophe Roumier is very black fruity in personality this year, wafting from the glass in a ripe blend of black cherries, black plums, chocolate, woodsmoke, gamebird and bass notes of soil. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very sappy at the core, with a fairly fruit-driven personality out of the blocks, a gentle stewiness to the very ripe fruit tones, moderate tannins and a long, velvety finish that does not today show a lot of tannin or grip. There is a large veneer of puppy fat fruit here and there may well be this wine’s customary structure underneath the sheen, but it is hard to locate it today. 2020-2050.  (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.