2002 Griotte Chambertin
By Maison Joseph Drouhin
2002 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
The turn of the millennium brought many climatic challenges, yet the 2002 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin managed to emerge triumphant, setting a benchmark for finesse in a year that tested the mettle of Burgundian vintners. I should declare, this particular vintage has intrigued me since its barrel days, promising complexity and longevity.
An Exquisite Testimony to Terroir and Tenacity
In 2002 Burgundy was blessed with an impeccable growing season - a serene antithesis to the fraught conditions elsewhere in Europe. This serendipitous tranquility is masterfully encapsulated in Maison Joseph Drouhin's exemplary craft. As a torchbearer of terroir-driven winemaking, their Griotte Chambertin adeptly mirrors its enviable provenance.
Rarity and Reward: A Vintage Sui Generis
Bearing a poetic balance between power and elegance, the 2002 Griotte Chambertin delineates its intrinsic charm through polished tannins and a luscious aromatic canvas spelling out cherry, earth, and subtle oak nuances. Furthermore, it is the wine's age-worthy structure that renders it an innately intelligent investment for connoisseurs and collectors alike.
Years in bottle have done nothing short of magnify its merits; it is at once both resolute and genteel - a symphony in a glass. Tertiary flavors now grace the palate, where they mingle with reminders of that vibrant youthful fruit which once dominated the landscape.
Investment-wise, one must consider how this esteemed liquid biography becomes increasingly scarce with each passing year. It stands as a paragon among peers, its narrative interwoven with climatic benevolence and Maison Joseph Drouhin's celebrated viticultural sagacity.
A Conclusive Word on a Beauteous Burgundy
Those who understand the ebb and flow of wine investment will no doubt appreciate the gravitas that the 2002 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin carries. It bears the hallmarks of an exceptional harvest - a storytelling vintage which has reached full stride yet still whispers promises of splendours to come for those patient enough to await its ultimate denouement.
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Scores and tasting notes
The nose of the 2002 Griotte-Chambertin bursts with an assortment of candied cherries. Sexy, plush, and profound, its medium-bodied flavor profile displays copious quantities of red cherries, spices, and minerals. This rich, sensual wine has superb depth of fruit and a prolonged, expressive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2016. Importer: Dreyfus Ashby, New York, NY; tel. (212) 818-0770
Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004