JancisRobinson.com – 18.5
Cask sample. Bought from his mate Pierre Damoy and he decides when to pick. More severe than the Clos de Bèze but stunning. Great density and balance and undertow. Long and really fabulous. Long and throbbing.
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2050
Robert Parker – 92
The 2015 Chambertin Grand Cru was slightly deeper in color than the Clos de Bèze this year, the nose perhaps more intense but just as pure: dark cherries, red plum, a hint of oyster shell and wet limestone. Yet I was more smitten by the Clos de Bèze that has the sensuality. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite edgy tannin. This could be described as a tensile Chambertin, full of energy, supremely well focused but remaining linear and strict towards the finish, whereas the Clos de Bèze fans out. It may take several years to hit its stride – it will be fascinating to compare with the other Grand Crus.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2042
Vinous – 96-98
Dark red with ruby tones. Deeper, darker and earthier than the Clos de Bèze, conveying aromas of dark raspberry, spices and rare steak but less of the high-pitched mineral and floral notes of its sibling. Large-scaled, brooding and backward, but still more red fruits than black in style, with its density and power leavened by electric acidity. Combines incredible thickness and volume without a light touch, thanks to penetrating soil-driven minerality. Finishes with an uncanny impression of solidity but no excess weight. This brilliant Chambertin is built for a very long life in bottle.