The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras 1er Cru has a well-defined bouquet of morello cherry, wild strawberry and just a touch of graphite. This is strict and backward, yet very focused, and the oak is nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied, taut and fresh, displaying fine tannins, superb mineralité and beautifully integrated oak, and delivering good body and persistence on the finish. An excellent Chambolle-Musigny with real pedigree. Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2017 tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2045
Robert Parker 92
The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras is showing nicely, exhibiting notions of sweet berry fruit, cherries, peonies, spices and creamy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and enveloping, with a deep core of fruit, lively acids and chalky back-end grip, it will demand a bit of patience, even in this extroverted vintage.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050
1.75 ha (4.3 acres). Higher vineyard than most, facing south east but cool air comes down the combe. Terres blanches, ie limestone-rich marl. Low-vigour vines here. Theirs were planted 1931, some replanted 2002. Barrel sample. A clear sign of limestone here in the chalky/stony aroma, along with super-scented, floral elegance. Not perfumed but scented with dark fruit too. Tannins are extremely fine, almost invisible, but just a touch dry and chalky so that the wine is fluid and flows to a long savoury finish. Scented on the palate too. A cool, deft wine. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2030