An Elegant and Mature Old School 1er Cru Chambolle Musigny
Kermit Lynch writes that “Bertheau’s holdings would make any lover of great Burgundy drool”. David Bloch’s latest tasting note also makes me drool.
2002 Domaine Bertheau, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
As many 1er Cru C-M are, this is a blend of vineyard sites: Baudes, Groseilles, Gruenchers, and Noirots. I opened the bottle about two hours before dinner and poured off half a glass. The wine was really showing well after popping the cork. Two hours later, the wine was hitting on all cylinders. Very, very pure pinot – a brightness of red fruit – cherry, strawberry – against a developed backdrop of mushroom, tea, and a potpourri of spice. The remaining tannins were very silky. Midweight wine, no perceptible wood. Lovely smooth and silky mouthfeel. This bottle was simply one (small) gear off from a Grand Cru.