Layered, deep yet unmistakeably Chambolle nose that is immensely charming. Initially the palate doesn't disappoint either, being relatively plump and silky and then finishing with bracing freshness. However with time the acidity begins to dominate and the overall impression is of a rather thin wine. A showcase for 2007's strengths and weaknesses.
Tasted first blind, together with a 2010 by Markus Ruch. Very light ruby red, still young looking. At first it gives an off-putting weird chemical whiff, but it quickly dissipates. Then mushrooms and undergrowth, also a bit of fruit, which becomes more clear after a while: cranberries. Later on also some prunes. It improved on day 2, better balanced and more appealing, with darker red fruit, some spices and undergrowth. Lean structure on the palate, fresh, but with fine grained and drying tannins. Better on day 2 and even 3. Better integrated, more elegant, with cranberries coming out. Drying tannins make the finish slightly unpleasant, but on day three it is really quite fine.The third star I added on day 3. ***
Half bottle. Medium center, tawny rim. Tart raspberry nose. This has picked up a bit of weight and texture, but it is still crisp and light weight. Combination of briary red fruit, some flowers, ground coffee, licorice and a strong vein of earth running through it. Bright acidity. Very good now, nice complexity for village wine.
Beautiful delicate aromas of flowers, dark red fruit and minerals - wonderful on the nose. Palate is light but mouth filling, not quite round, not quite linear. Well balanced with fine tannins and a good acidity that entices another sip, refreshing. A pretty wine with that Chambolle finesse.
Pale ruby core, wide pale garnet rim. Nose is relatively aromatic and starting to show a few signs of development with raspberries, red cherry, notes of soil and a slight savoury edge. No more than medium bodied on the palate, this has red fruits on the initial attack, is light and airy with whispery fine tannin, fresh acidity, then notes of soil and a touch of savour on the attractive, good length, lingering finish. Very good indeed and remains very drinkable.
Half bottle. Much better than the last time. Attractive rose florality, red and blue fruit. Light but not thin, tart Chambolle fruit, crisp acidity and nice earthy edge. Right where it should be for a village Chambolle from a delicate vintage.
Thought I'd try a bottle for fun. Wound real tight. Woke up a bit after a few hours but still no where near ready. Strawberry-cranberry-rhubarb. Focused and minerally. Firm tannins. A bit austere. With time, Chambolle-ness came through. Just needs a bunch more time, at least a few more years. Far from being silk and lace.
Holiday wines (mainly Burg with some fizz); 7/29/2011-8/17/2011: Hal bottle. Mid to full ruby, a deeper cherry at core. Lovely, slightly lifted nose in the dark red fruit spectrum. Positive attack, nice mineral line behind the pure almost lacy fruit. finishes well and quite long. More serious than the Serveau and a fraction better. Showing well at present. ***1/2
Drank over 3 days. Initially tight and muted. Starts to open up after half an hour. A lovely airy nose of red and blue fruits. In the mouth this is quite structured and serious. Gets better with more oxygen and is at its best on day 3 when the mouthfeel has become smooth and the flavor profile is more open with lovely fruit and a fine long aftertaste. Although this can be drunk now, it will certainly improve with several years in cellar.
Dinner at RN74 (San Francisco): BTG pour at RN74. Medium bodied, with a feminine air. Elegant strawberry, raspberry, and floral notes are vibrant and come alive with food. Good balance of fruit, structure, and acidity.
Pale/medium ruby core, slight purple tint, pale ruby/purple rim. Attractively ripe strawberry fruit, some darker black cherry notes. Bright and fresh with a hint of vanilla and minerality. Medium bodied on the palate, slightly crunchy pure red fruits - strawberry, some raspberry, hint of vanilla, decent depth and some generosity here, fine tannins, good length fresh finish with a hint of minerality. Elegant and graceful, quintessential Chambolle.