Robert Parker 92
The 2012 Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru comes from 50-year old vines that belong to Pierre Damoy, located just to the left of the cabotte bearing his name (they have derived from this parcel every year since 2003.) It has a dense bouquet of macerated dark cherries, boysenberry jam and blueberry that is well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with good backbone on the entry. This is very focused, very precise with fine balance, though it just needs a touch of more grip and nuance on the finish that is cut from a similar cloth to the other grand crus. The job of a wine critic is not easy, not at this level. There is a level of expectation on behalf of the winemaker commensurate with his generic red, all the way up to his grand cru, expectation determined less by the performance of its peers a la Bordeaux, but governed by the effort, the labor and love that has been expended in its creation. Christophe Perrot-Minot is one winemaker who I admire. We taste through his wines but it’s a two-way street. Christophe appreciates feedback, which I oblige if time permits and they do not expect scores or individual assessments and that they are aware my response will be frank. Why lie when it’s going to be written? What I appreciate about Christophe is that I perhaps hit him hard with my opinion that his wines have a leitmotif that might exist at the expense of terroir expression. To paraphrase, if you like one of Perrot-Minot’s wines you will be endeared to them all since my palate continually picked out similar fruit profiles and textures. An analogy that sprang to mind was of someone trying too hard to be your friend. During our exchange, I suggested that just maybe, he should not be so severe in his selection, as admirable that may be. His wines might succor more charm if just for once they included a soupcon of errant berries, perhaps dial down a notch the pigeage and remontage, just to think about the wines less intensely than I think he does. Just go with the flow. That has been my conclusion having tasted here before and it is no different apropos his 2012s. â€œWe lost quantity during flowering, especially in the south part of Cote de Nuits,â€ Christophe informs. â€œIt was not a very nice summer, but during the harvest it was good weather. Part of the fruit was not ripe so it was important to sort. We produced around 20 to 25 hectoliters per hectare. I cannot remember the date we started the harvest…when it was ripe for me!â€I liked these wines, but I think they can be even better. They all contain immense fruit purity with those dark cherry fruit and cashmere textures are seductive. What I would like to see is a diversification in fruit profile, as I mentioned to Christophe, enhance the red fruit spectrum more, let the terroir speak louder than the intention of the winemaker. All Christophe’s wines were tasted from cask that had not been racked, which will be done just before bottling in spring. Importer: DNS Wines LLC ” www.dnswines.com (CA) and also Lea & Sandeman, Justerini & Brooks and Berkmann.
Bright, dark ruby. Profound, utterly primary scents of crushed blackberry and licorice are a bit youthfully unforthcoming. Then wonderfully sweet and dense in the mouth, with far more complexity than the closed nose would suggest: black fruits, cherry, raspberry, licorice, meat, minerals, spices and underbrush, all lifted by an exhilarating note of orange zest. Wonderfully rich wine without any impression of undue weight. The rising, finely tannic finish hints at an almost chocolatey ripeness. Splendid potential.