- Chambolle-Musigny (Pinot Noir, vine age : 45 years) . - Wine characteristics -
Chambolle-Musigny is a red wine, often regarded as the most « feminine » wine of the Côte de Nuits ; its intensity and delicacy express themselves with elegance and subtlety. To the eye, it presents a bright ruby hue with luminous highlights. It may darken a little over time but with no loss of impact. Its bouquet, easily recognisable, is composed of violet and small red fruits (raspberry, strawberry). With further aging it tends towards spiced ripe fruits and prune, or towards truffle, underbrush and animal notes. Rich, fragrant and complex, it lines the palate with silk and lace. Its delicate but fleshy texture in no way detracts from its solid and durable structure. On the sweet side with little trace of acidity, its tannins remain silky-smooth.
- Morey-St-Denis (Pinot Noir, vine age : 80 years) . - Wine characteristics -
Red : Its colour is usually a full, firm, bright ruby, carmine or intense garnet with purplish highlights. The bouquet is partly of black fruits (blackcurrant, bilberry) and partly of red, pitted fruits such as cherries. Variants include bramble, violet, liquorice, and fruits conserved in liquor. When older it often evokes the « wildwood » scents of game, leather, and moss, even truffle. Sustained and structured, this wine lingers in the mouth without flinching - it has just the right balance between body and fruit. With its rounded tannins and mouth-filling generosity, it sings tenor, so to speak, in the Burgundian choir.
- Gevrey-Chambertin (Pinot Noir, vine age : 45 years) . - Wine characteristics -
In the first flush of youth their colour is a bright ruby, turning to deep carmine or dark cerise with age. Strawberry, mulberry, violet, mignonette, and rose all help to make up their bouquet of spontaneous aromas. More maturity brings out liquorice, leather and fur, with gamey notes and hints of underbrush. On the palate, they impress by their firm structure, velvety tannins and delicate texture. These wines are everything a great burgundy should be: full-bodied, powerful, rich, and meaty. They have both body and spirit. Pleasant when drunk young « on the fruit », they are nevertheless first and foremost wines for aging, often for long periods. As such, they make an excellent basis for comparing different vintages.