Red Burgundy-Cote de Nuits

2015 Bruno Clavelier Chambolle Musigny 1er Combe d'Orveau

This is the northern half of Burgundy's famed Cote D'Or. It is home to perhaps the noblest expression of Pinot Noir on planet Earth, if not the noblest expression of any wine on Earth; the minute yet palpable differences from single parcels of land were intuited by Cistercian monks who farmed the 'golden slope' for approximately two thousand years. From Corgoloin in the south, to Marsannay in the north, the finesse and complexity of the wines is at times both hauntingly beautiful and mind boggling. Its most celebrated villages: Nuits St Georges, Vougeot, Flagey Echezeaux, Vosne Romanee, Chambolle Musigny, Gevrey Chambertin, and Morey St Denis.

Price: $249.00

"(13.5% alcohol with a 3.25 pH; the yield here was just 20 hectoliters per hectare): Bright medium red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, rose petal, violet, spices and stone, with darker fruit notes emerging as the wine opens in the glass; there's a ripeness allied to freshness here that reminds me of southern Rhone grenache from a moderately warm vintage. Densely packed, wonderfully energetic, tactile wine with a captivating sweetness perfectly supported by lively acidity. This is actually a bit youthfully compact in the middle palate, with a slightly monolithic quality that calls for extended aging. The very long, mounting, palate-staining finish displays striking tension and a complete absence of edges. Clavelier's mostly very old vines here are situated next to Petits-Musigny, the southern portion of Musigny. Really transcends the vintage." 95 Steve Tanzer

"(planted with vines of 20+ and 65+ years of age that sit directly above Musigny). Here the wood treatment is a bit less subtle though not so much as to significantly impede the appreciation of the spicy, fresh and airy aromas of essence of red currant and cherry that are laced with plenty of floral elements. The sleek, intense, mineral-driven and tension-filled middle weight flavors brim with dry extract that buffers the firm core of tannins on the detailed, chiseled and explosively long finish. This is quite simply marvelous and absolutely worthy of your interest, provided of course that you have at least moderate patience. (92-94)/2027+" Allan Meadows

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“(13.5% alcohol with a 3.25 pH; the yield here was just 20 hectoliters per hectare): Bright medium red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, rose petal, violet, spices and stone, with darker fruit notes emerging as the wine opens in the glass; there’s a ripeness allied to freshness here that reminds me of southern Rhone grenache from a moderately warm vintage. Densely packed, wonderfully energetic, tactile wine with a captivating sweetness perfectly supported by lively acidity. This is actually a bit youthfully compact in the middle palate, with a slightly monolithic quality that calls for extended aging. The very long, mounting, palate-staining finish displays striking tension and a complete absence of edges. Clavelier’s mostly very old vines here are situated next to Petits-Musigny, the southern portion of Musigny. Really transcends the vintage.” 95 Steve Tanzer

“(planted with vines of 20+ and 65+ years of age that sit directly above Musigny). Here the wood treatment is a bit less subtle though not so much as to significantly impede the appreciation of the spicy, fresh and airy aromas of essence of red currant and cherry that are laced with plenty of floral elements. The sleek, intense, mineral-driven and tension-filled middle weight flavors brim with dry extract that buffers the firm core of tannins on the detailed, chiseled and explosively long finish. This is quite simply marvelous and absolutely worthy of your interest, provided of course that you have at least moderate patience. (92-94)/2027+” Allan Meadows