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Tasting Notes for Chambertin Clos de Beze - Rousseau, Armand, 1997:
The medium-to-dark ruby-colored 1997 Chambertin Clos de Beze displays ethereal black fruit aromas. It has jammy fig, tar, licorice, grilled stones, bacon, earth, and spicy oak flavors in its medium-to-full-bodied character. This hedonistic, muscular, well-delineated, and intricate wine should be consumed over the next 10 years. The Wine Advocate, #125, Oct-99.
Parker Points: 91-94
Drinking Period: -
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: -
Tasting Notes for Vosne Romanee Les Malconsorts - Cathiard, Sylvain, 2005:
Smoked meat, ginger and cinnamon-tinged plum, cassis, and black raspberry, and brown spices mark the nose of Cathiard’s 2005 Vosne-Romanee Les Malconsorts, another of the wines that display cut and clarity of flavor along with an imposingly polished, creamy texture. The new wood introduces torrefactive, caramelized suggestions, but the wine maintains its shape and brightness right through its impressive, meat- and mineral-inflected finish. Abundant tannis are harbored deep within, make no mistake, and this should be set aside for at least 8-10 years. Ultimately, I would certainly expect it to surpass the Murgers in stature. Beginning next year — in consequence of the sale of Thomas-Moillard properties to Dujac and de Montille, a portion of which Cathiard rented — his production of Malconsorts will plummet to the level of the late 1980s, reflecting only the small parcel of this great site that he owns
Wine Advocate # 171 Jun 2007
Parker Points: 92-93
Drinking Period: -
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