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
The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras 1er Cru has a dreamy bouquet that gushes with brambly red berry fruit, redcurrant, cranberry and, to be exact, Tiptree “Little Scarlet” strawberry jam, all beautifully defined. The palate is plush, velvety smooth, very refined with pitch perfect acidity. This Les Cras displays admirable depth, moving into more red Morello cherry and light allspice notes towards the delicate and yet persistent finish. Iron fist/velvety glove and all that… This is a brilliant Chambolle-Musigny from Christophe Roumier and it soared even higher the following day, gaining more nuance and filling out further on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2045