Chapelle-Chambertin, Grand Cru, Claude Dugat, 2010, 0,75 Lt
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Note: from 60+ year old vines in En Gémeaux that produce around 1 1/2 barrels, half of which is commercialized by DugatProducer note: The always understated Claude Dugat describes 2010 as a "classic Burgundian vintage with freshness, good acidity and fine transparency. We began picking on the 21st of September and there was quite a bit of sorting to do, which further cost us yields in a vintage where there wasn't much to begin with. On the plus side though sugars were good and the phenolic ripeness was excellent as even the seeds were brown. We did our normal vinification and once the malos were done, it became clear that 2010 is characterized more by red fruit tones while 2009 is more driven by black and blue fruits. Overall, I prefer 2010 to the riper but somewhat less fresh 2009s." (Robert Kacher Selections, www.robertkacherselections.com, Washington, DC; Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, UK and Enotria Wine Cellars Ltd., www.enotria.co.uk, UK).Tasting note: A much darker fruit profile presents itself here compared to the primarily red fruit nose of the Griotte and the fruit is earthier as well though cut with attractive if subtle spice notes. There is also more minerality to the pure, intense and sleekly muscular flavors that possess excellent depth and simply superb persistence on the moderately austere finish. This isn't quite as fine as the Griotte but the complexity and length are certainly comparable.