An exploration of wine

339. Domaine des Chezeaux, Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru, 1997

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Book 2 Wine 339

£30 (sale from £40); 13.5%

A bin-end from Planet of the Grapes, and the first Chambertin Grand Cru I’ve had. I suspect that this is from a less well known (renowned, I should say) producer, as overall I was disappointed. Possibly too young, but overall not well-enough integrated or complex aromas & flavours. Not bad, I should say, but not £30 worth, sadly. Light, limpid garnet core, medium garnet-brick rim. Compared two types of Riedel glass on this. On the more tapered glass, better: more concentrated and focused nose – smoky, flinty nose, some wild strawberry (elusive) red fruit notes, some “sous bois” and toasty notes. Caramel develops. Mellow sweetness, then definite black cherry, tobacco / cigar, and, above all, chocolate. Smoky, 70% cocoa solids chocolate on the palate. Better integrated than the nose, but with some emergent tannins on the finish. On standing, more chocolate, tannin integration and length.

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