Robert Parker 93
“Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, the 2014 Chambertin Grand Cru from Rossignol-Trapet has one of the most austere and backward bouquets among the septet of Chambertins. This demands coaxing and reluctantly offers blackberry, cranberry, smoke and damp undergrowth notes. But it is not as vivid as its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm grip, a demonstrative Chambertin and yet unlike Armand Rousseau’s Chambertin tasted alongside, it does not quite deliver the payload of complexity and intensity on the final third. It starts so well and then it leaves you wanting more. Tasted September 2017.”
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035
(45% new oak): Good dark red. Mellow aromas of plum, redcurrant, flowers, mocha, coffee and spicy oak. The most complete of these 2014s; rich, round and silky but with a firm spine of stony minerality. Savory and juicy in the mid-palate, conveying lovely mineral energy to the pure flavors of dark raspberry and flowers. Finishes firmly tannic but not dry.
Subtle again but a little darker fruited than the Latricières. Less immediate fruit too so that tannins feel drier and more obvious on the palate. Refinement is the hallmark here rather than rich flavour. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2028