2015 Griotte Chambertin
By Maison Joseph Drouhin
The 2015 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
Within the illustrious tapestry of Burgundy's Grand Cru vineyards, the 2015 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin shines with an articulation of terroir that is both profound and poised. As a wine critic with a taste for the exceptional, it is always a joy to encounter such a vivid reflection of a unique vintage's story—a narrative sewn seamlessly into this enchanting Pinot Noir.
A Harmonious Display of Nature and Nurture
The 2015 vintage in Burgundy was one blessed by the gods, granting winemakers like Maison Joseph Drouhin the raw materials necessary to craft wines that speak volumes. With an impeccable balance of ripe fruit and nuanced earthiness, this Griotte Chambertin encapsulates the splendor of a season marked by warm days and cool nights—a climatic accord providing both concentration and freshness.
On first approach, the wine woos with a bouquet that merges dark cherries and ripe strawberries with an exquisite sprinkling of spice and floral undertones. The palate, complemented by an elegant frame of tannins and vivacious acidity, carries forth with textures reminiscent of silk woven by the most meticulous artisan. It persists with depth and complexity, yielding an opulent tapestry wherein each sip is akin to discovering a new hidden thread within its lavish folds.
Investing in Exquisite Craftmanship
Fine wine collectors and investors alike will recognise in the 2015 Griotte Chambertin from Maison Joseph Drouhin not just a pinnacle of vinous pleasure but also an asset worthy of adorning any connoisseur's portfolio. Its promise of graceful maturation—borne out by its exceptional structure and integrity—hints at a trajectory that will likely reward the patient investor with both sensory delight and potential appreciation in value.
In summing up my findings on this exceptional liquid, one can't help but acknowledge it as a testament to the vintage's benevolence. Distilled into its every drop is that serendipitous moment when nature collaborates flawlessly with human talent, resulting in a wine that evokes admiration and promises lasting remembrance—a true gem nestled within the storied realm of Burgundy’s viticultural crown.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2015 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru has an elegant, floral bouquet with violets petals and wild hedgerow scents infusing the dark cherry and raspberry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a confit-like entry, a fine thread of acidity, tensile and long with an edginess on the finish. There is a surprising touch of licorice on the aftertaste that I hope will be there after bottling. There is a bit of brio and flamboyance to this Griotte-Chambertin that I hope will govern the wine once in bottle.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 December 2016