Reviews & Scores
Deep, bright red. Deep, musky aromas of blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, mocha and wild herbs lifted by rose and lavender. Round, broad and silky, offering outstanding depth and sucrosité but also excellent grip. Wonderfully rich, full and complex, finishing with superb rising length and saline minerality. A great vintage for these younger Musigny vines, showing compelling purity of fruit.
It isn't always the case, but in 2012, the Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, the estate's young vines Cuvée from Musigny, is a big step up from the villages. Plump, juicy and pliant, the 2012 blossoms in the glass with gorgeous depth. Veins of minerality and acidity support the distinctly red-toned fruit. Hints of white pepper, cinnamon and orange peel add a striking top register to an invigorating, fresh Burgundy that is going to be hard to resist in its youth. I very much like the combination of exuberance and focus here.
The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, which as usual comes from vines aged between 15 and 25 years, which Francois Millet described as “young men,” has a self-effacing, floral bouquet with lifted brambly red berry fruit and hawthorn. The palate is a step up from the village cru: the tannins finer with more overall finesse and harmony. It builds gently towards a spice-tinged finish with just a hint of black pepper on the aftertaste. This is divine.