As outlined in Nick’s article on Costa Brava favourites, Villa Mas is the place to go if you want a wide range of Roumier wines at excellent prices – and many another fine Burgundy (and now Beaujolais) too. After a long discussion with Nuria the sommelier I chose the 2010. We were worried about the ripeness of the 2009. She is a massive fan of how the 2008 is tasting now and I should probably have followed her advice, but I have much more enthusiastic memories of the 2010s (especially Roumier’s Cras), so went for 2010. We were not disappointed. This – ok, a lowly(!) village wine – was everything that red burgundy should be: subtle, profound, richly fruity but not remotely sweet and extremely long. The texture was a sort of glistening, tantalising taffeta – not soft. There is no hurry to drink this wine. If I had to specify a fruit it would be red cherries. But it was so much more complex than a single fruit, with some spicy notes too and wonderful vitality. Bravo, Christophe, and Carlos who assembled this great burgundy list.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029
Bright, deep red. Sappy aromas of raspberry, spices and minerals. Sweet, supple and lush, offering excellent volume for village wine. The wine’s sappy quality gives it inner-mouth energy and early deliciousness. Christophe Roumier expressed the opinion in November that the 2012s don’t have enough tannins to really shut down in the bottle; on the other hand, he reported seeing more pips in 2010 than in 2011, a year in which the phenolic ripeness came earlier here.
Robert Parker 88-90
The 2010 Chambolle-Musigny shows terrific energy and class. There is lovely freshness and vibrancy in the aromas and flavors, with an underpinning of minerality that gives the wine its focus and sense of direction. Bright floral notes add lift on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022