Robert Parker – 93-95
The 2014 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses, from 80-year-old vines, includes 50% whole bunch fruit and is matured in 50% new oak. It is interesting to compare this with the Bonnes-Mares; this is perhaps more serious, a little more saturnine (which is unusual for this vineyard), with touches of cold flint tincturing the blackberry and blueberry aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, but there is real solidity here, the acidity well judged with a gentle grip on the saline finish. It clearly needs several years in bottle but it will be worth the wait.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2038
Vinous – 91
(vinified with 50% whole clusters): Bright dark red Pure but subdued aromas of dark berries, menthol, red licorice and spices Youthfully imploded and a bit medicinal in the early going but still with a smooth texture to its smoky, soil-driven flavors Nicolas Groffier mentioned that this wine is typically woody at the bottling but today the oak doesn’t bother me Finishes savory and long, with substantial granular tannins and a suggestion of chocolatey ripeness Still, I don’t fine the éclat or flavor definition for a higher score Incidentally, the Groffiers are now sealing their bottles with wax capsules
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2033