(95% vendange entier): Medium red. Knockout deep nose combines small red fruits, sexy vanillin oak, a distinctly wild animal quality, soil tones and a note of menthol. Powerful but youthfully closed, with intense raspberry and strawberry fruit flavors complicated by sweet spices and a rocky quality. The explosive, ripely tannic finish builds and mounts. This soil-driven grand cru will need patience.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2035
Robert Parker 92
Tasted blind at the annual “Burgfest” tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru from Cécile Tremblay was showing a lot of reduction on the nose, possibly a little brettanomyces that rendered it impossible to discern the fruit or terroir. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin, moderate complexity but the finish is missing the sophistication and precision that it exuded from barrel. This was a divisive Grand Cru among this group tasting, but I am intrigued to see how it will evolve in bottle.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2015