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Tasting Notes for Griotte Chambertin - Dugat, Claude, 1992:
The 1992 Griotte-Chambertin displays a deep, saturated ruby/purple color, a huge, stunning bouquet of black fruits and spicy, toasty new oak. With rich, full-bodied, wonderfully expansive, pure flavors, superb harmony, and well-integrated acidity and tannin, this spectacularly endowed, rich, lusty red Burgundy should drink well for 10-12+ years. This grand cru offering is a profound example of red Burgundy. Robert Kacher, among all of our specialty importers, is breaking new ground with the intense pressure he has put on Burgundy growers to crop thin, to do little or no racking, and to bottle with minimal levels of sulphur and no fining or filtration. Every bit of the essence of the wine that comes from the vineyards is presented in the bottle in as natural a way as possible. There is no better evidence of his success in what can be a diluted vintage than this great, concentrated wine from Dugat. This producer makes microscopic quantities of wines that have long been the backbone for some of the best cuvees from negociants who used to buy regularly from Dugat. Dugat now estate bottles nearly all of his production, so consumers can see just how talented he is. His 1992 offerings are winemaking gems, particularly in view of the difficulties encountered by so many other Cote d'Or producers in 1992.Wine Advocate # 96 Dec 1994
Parker Points: 93
Drinking Period: 1994-2006
Tasting Notes for Charmes Chambertin - Dugat, Claude, 1993:
The Charmes-Chambertin (165 cases for the world) boasts layers of flavor, a saturated deep ruby/purple color, a huge attack, considerable tannin and muscle, as well as an inner sweetness and that profound mid-palate not found in many 1993s. This wine has it all - ripeness, richness, structure, purity, and complexity. Cellar it for 3-4 years and drink it over the following 10-15. As the ratings attest, Claude Dugat, working in his 13th century abbey/wine cellar called Cellier des Dimes, hit several home runs in the 1993 vintage. His whole berry fermentation provides more fruit, but in his modest manner, Claude takes no credit for what are once again profound red Burgundies. No wonder when Lalou Bize-Leroy purchased wine for her negociant firm, she made this cellar one of her frequent stops.Wine Advocate # 100
Parker Points: 96
Drinking Period: 1998-2014
Tasting Notes for Charmes Chambertin - Dugat, Claude, 1996:
have no argument with anyone who states that this wine merits a perfect score. It is a dark ruby/purple-colored wine that regales the olfactory senses with sweet and perfumed red and black cherry scents that are lively, profound, and verging on jammy - reminiscent of the filling of a deep dish cherry pie. On the palate, this wondrous wine's combination of super-ripe candied red fruits and violets with virtually perfect precision and purity of flavors is mind-boggling. This complex, velvety-textured, chewy, and delineated wine is utterly extraordinary and other-worldly.
What remains to be said about this wine crafted by the shy, self-effacing, and ever-smiling Claude Dugat? Well, it might be getting even better.
While still having the opulence of fruit and suppleness that have made his wines renowned throughout the world, this wine appears to have more structure. My instincts have, in the past, been that Dugat's wines were best drunk young, but this wine displays the necessary balance between fruit, acidity, and backbone for extended cellaring.
Perhaps Jean-Marc Joblot, the extremely talented Givry producer, said it best: "Claude Dugat's 1996s are the most beautiful expression of Pinot Noir I've ever had." A taster would have to be dead not to fall in love with these wines.
Wine Advocate # 118 Aug 1998
Parker Points: 98
Drinking Period: -