(these vines are now at least 90 years old, according to Dugat) Bright ruby-red. Wonderfully pure, perfumed nose offers kirsch, blackberry, violet and bitter chocolate. Almost shockingly creamy and silky on entry, then seamless but youthfully imploded in the middle palate, with a violet perfume giving the wine magical lift and grip and carrying through on the endless finish. An essence of pinot noir and of this great site. This incredibly concentrated wine offers a rare combination of size and finesse-and all with a moderate 12.9% alcohol. I found this nearly impossible to spit.
Robert Parker 97-98
From its usual custom 195-liter barrel (what that must weigh on the mind of its tonnelier!), Dugat-Py’s 2008 Chambertin offers sweetly-ripe blackberry and cassis mingled with licorice, cardamom, dark chocolate, and black pepper. Deep red meat richness wells up, while rose petal and peony perfume generate captivating inner-mouth allure perfectly-suited to the suave, refined spread of ultra-fine tannins and to this wine’s utter transparency of even such richly-concentrated fruit to nuanced suggestions of salt, chalk, peat, and stone. This combination of richness and viscosity with vivacity; and of profundity with energizing levity, not to mention such textural seduction and subtly vibratory palate persistence is rare indeed. And I’ll be sure to let you know should I ever find it in any red wine that’s not a Burgundian Pinot – so please return the favor!