The 2011 Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras 1er Cru is a vintage that I have not tasted for three or four years. Quite light on the nose, it feels maybe more tertiary than I would have liked, airy, some stemminess evident with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet cherry core, redcurrant, orange rind and hints of allspice towards the finish that, to me, is beginning to show a little greenness. That said, it does cohere in the glass, and I am encouraged to raise my score over the course of an hour. Tasted blind at the Roumier Les Cras vertical at Medlar, London.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2034
Robert Parker 92
The 2011 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras has blacker and earthier fruit compared to the village cru, but here there is more volume and intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, slightly grainy tannins. There is lovely balance here: a little more forward than I was expecting, but generous with impressive complexity on the finish. This forms a fine introduction to the delights of Christophe’s wines. Drink 2016-2030. Only the super-rich now have the privilege of tasting the wines of Christophe Roumier , which is a shame, and something that Christophe himself must rue. I vividly recall the moment when tasting his Musigny 2005 from barrel and he had just started receiving blank checks for any bottle he could spare. Roumier’s name was about to go from the esteemed to the iconic, with all the positives and negatives that it entails. So, whenever I have the opportunity to taste Christophe’s wines I grab it, whether it is the 2011s following our tasting of 2012s, or a super-rare bottle from the 1960s that appeared at a dinner. Importer: Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, Napa CA; tel. (707) 299-2600
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030
Higher vineyard than most facing south east. Marnes calcaire – terres blanches. Low-vigour vines here. Theirs were planted 1931, some replanted 2002. Fine and firm. Sleek. Beautiful sheen and texture on this with still a hint of oak but lots of lovely fruit. Some energetic minerality.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030