Jasper Morris – 90
Full deep purple. The fruit has a rather cooked note to it unfortunately, though happily the wine freshens up with some more air. There are some stems lurking in the background. Black cherries and a slightly dry finish. This wine is living dangerously but has some very appealing elements. There seems to be a slight impurity in this bottle. Drink from 2026.
Burghound – 93
(Outstanding) Here the intensely floral-suffused nose is also quite yet fresh ripe with its aromas of poached plum, cassis and pretty spice wisps. The exceptionally rich and dense full-bodied flavors possess an opulent palate impression though the almost pungent salinity adds a sense of lift to the surprisingly powerful, mouth coating and firm finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This too possesses excellent development potential, so patience absolutely advised. (Drink starting 2033)
Robert Parker – 92
Another structured, serious wine is the 2018 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras, one of the ripest in the cellarâ€”as I observed last year. Opening in the glass with notes of cherries, plums raw cocoa, peonies and espresso roast, it’s medium to full-bodied, rich and layered, with a voluminous core of ripe but lively fruit, powdery and abundant tannins and a youthfully chalky finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2060
JancisRobinson.com – 17.5
1.75 ha (4.3 acres). Higher vineyard than most, facing south-east but cool air comes down the combe. Terres blanches, ie limestone-rich marl. Low-vigour vines here. Theirs were planted 1931, some replanted 2002. 60% whole bunch, 25% new oak. Barrel sample. Deep crimson. Fabulous nose of ripe red fruit with the perfume of peony. Perhaps also a touch of lavender from the whole bunch. Wild flowers and still so much fruit. Much tighter and more strict than Les Combottes, the tannins more upright and less smooth but still very very fine. More stony. 14.2% but you would not know. And that mineral freshness and energy is outstanding even if the wine is less approachable than some. Rich in fruit, mouth-watering in texture and that minerality gives a tight frame to the fruit. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2038