Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes
Villages Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 15, 2018
Note: from Pas de Chat, Les Athets and Les Fouchères
Producer note: Vincent Geantet’s son Fabien described 2016 as a “complicated vintage due primarily to the deep late April frost that destroyed the early growth in many of our vines but in particular in Marsannay, Chambolle and Savigny. Thankfully our vines in Gevrey were largely if not completely spared. The mildew pressure was incredibly intense and it was a serious challenge to protect the vines because those affected by the frost were quite fragile. In the end we managed but frankly, it was a lot of stress. On the plus side, at least the wines are excellent as they’re refreshing with ripe and supple tannins and I really like the beautiful balance. They should drink well young but have everything they need to age well too.” I noted last year that the domaine appeared to have modified its style away from a fruit-forward style to one that is more classic and in some cases, even old school. As readers know, I admire old school wines when the extractions are managed correctly and they certainly were in 2016. Note the in bottle 2015 En Champs was reviewed below. (Kysela Père et Fils, VA, USA; Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk and O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, all UK).
Tasting note: A brooding, ripe and restrained nose of plum, violet, dark currant and spice nuances only grudgingly reveals itself. The dense, serious and robust medium weight plus flavors possess excellent power and drive as well as very impressive length. This is a muscular Chambolle villages that will require at least some patience.