2000 and 1999 Red Burgundies (Mar 2002)

Deep ruby-red. Cool, reserved, extremely pure aromas of wild berries, gunflint, coffee and minerals. Dense and penetrating, with a tight core of liqueur-like cherry and small red berries. Far less expressive today than the Clos de Beze; more streamlined and closed in on itself. But this extremely young Chambertin is a wine of great class. Finishes with subtle, palate-staining length and aristocratic tannins. I would not be at all surprised if this surpassed the Clos de Beze 10 or 12 years down the road, but today the sweetness and exotic character of the Clos de Beze are utterly enchanting.