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Tasting Notes for Chambertin Clos de Beze - Jadot, Louis, 1993:
The Chambertin Clos de Beze reveals more depth and richness than the soft Chambertin, although it, too, is plagued by excruciatingly painful tannin levels. The color and fruit are present, but the wine is closed, hard, and seemingly ungracious. It needs 6-7 years of cellaring and should keep for 20 years. The question is, will it ever fully blossom and provide joy, pleasure, and sweetness of fruit? Jadot produced a high percentage of successful wines in 1993. There are also disappointments, particularly in the lower appellations which have turned out tough and tannic. There is no Jadot house style, save for rich, well-delineated, structured wines that stand the test of time. As a vintage, 1993 is less consistently excellent than 1990 or 1989.
In 1988, all the grand crus were bottled without filtration. That vintage was followed in 1990 and subsequent vintages, with all the premier and grand crus bottled without fining or filtration. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: 2001-2015
Tasting Notes for Chambertin Clos de Beze - Jadot, Louis, 1996:
This wine was extroverted and boastful when I encountered it. This magnificent offering has a saturated black/ruby color and an enthralling nose of candied cherries, roses, blackberries, stones, earth, and toasty oak. It is full-bodied, velvety-textured, and unbelievably dense yet superbly focused. Fresh and lively layers of red cherries, clay, currants, and Asian spices can be found in this powerful, intense, classy, and persistent wine. It should hit its peak around 2006 and be cellared through 2014. Wow! Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 92-95
Drinking Period: 2006-2014
Tasting Notes for Chambertin Clos de Beze - Jadot, Louis, 1999:
The medium to dark ruby-colored 1999 Chambertin Clos de Beze (domaine), generally one of my very favorite wines from the Jadot portfolio, reveals subtle dark fruit aromas. It is medium-bodied, fresh, and tangy, revealing blackberries, zesty currants, and fresh black raspberries. Hints of tar can be discerned in its firm, foursquare finish. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 88-91
Drinking Period: 2005-2012
Tasting Notes for Chambertin Clos de Beze - Rousseau, Armand, 2002:
The 2002 Chambertin Clos de Beze bursts with spicy red cherry aromas. This medium to full-bodied wine has an exceptionally spicy personality that is crammed with red licorice (Twizzlers), candied raspberries, Asian spices, and blackberries. Wonderfully focused and armed with substantial depth, this medium to full-bodied wineÕs exceedingly long finish displays awesomely ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020. The Wine Advocate, #153, Jun-04.
Parker Points: 94-96
Drinking Period: 2008-2020
Tasting Notes for Chambertin Clos de Beze - Rousseau, Armand, 2005:
The 2005 Chambertin Clos de Beze offers alluring aromas of licorice, mint, vanilla, plum paste, cherry preserves and rose petals, and seduces the palate with silky, incredibly refined texture and several octaves of fruit, herbal, floral and mineral notes, leading to a reverberative finish in which fruit pit and stony, chalky elements lend a sense of dark, weighty authority and an umami-like, meaty savor promotes uncontrollable salivation. No layering or mixing of metaphors can hope to do justice to the layering and concatenation of flavors on display.
With Eric Rousseau taking over increasingly from his father Charles, bottling may end up being slightly earlier than in the past, but such routine features as triage exclusively in the vineyards (not the press house), the inclusion of whole clusters and stems, precocious malolactic fermentation (although in 2005 and 2006, at least, Rousseau says he didnÕt force this), reliance on older barrels, and an eventual light plaque filtration for all wines remain as before. Given the long-running success of these Pinots in subtly yet insistently conveying the distinct personalities of their sites and standing the test of time, some might well ask Ùwhy change the recipe?Î while others will wonder whether the wines could be made even better. In any event, nature conspired to hand the new generation a vintage of historic dimensions.
Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007
Parker Points: 87
Drinking Period: -