Monday, January 4, 2010

2005 Chambolle-Musigny

2005 Alain Hudelot-Noellat

2005 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny, AC Chambolle-Musigny

A Chambolle-Musigny to touch the heart. The third wine of my blind tasting, and the last wine I drank for 2009. Smashing end to the year. It was also a wine I was very much looking forward to tasting, as regrettably, I don't drink enough Burgundy. One more thing - a Chambolle-Musigny, because stylistically, it's the most similar to Le Clos Jordanne.

Judging by colour, this was the darkest. The first night, I just could not tell the difference between this wine and the Le Clos Jordanne. Not to say that LCJ is looking to make European wines - not at all. It just shows that wines need time to unwind and reveal their true personalities, especially wines from such blockbuster, ripe vintages. Immediately, you smell the bbq. Charred, smoked meats, leaping out of the glass. Bonfire! Dark fruits, showing the purity and hinting at the beautiful minerality that Burgundy possesses. Texture is elegant, but shows some rough edges around the finish. Lingering.

A brooding, beast of a wine with a lot of structure and density for Burgundy. Remains balanced and elegant - this would be lovely in 10 years. With this Burgundy at least, you're getting what you're paying for.

DF

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