2019 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses Premier Cru
Despite owning plots in prime Grand Cru vineyards such as Bonnes-Mares and Chambertin Clos-des-Bèze, Domaine Robert Groffier still fly relatively under the radar. Guided now by Robert's son Serge and grandson Nicolas, the team are considered one of the finest in Burgundy. The domaine consists of almost 8 ha of fine vineyards, including 1 ha of Bonnes Mares, almost 0.5 ha of Chambertin Clos-des-Bèze and a full 1 ha of Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses, the biggest single owner of this vineyard. Winemaking is flexible dependant on the season, however new oak use is minimal, and the wines are only racked once at the end of the élevage.
The 2019 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 1er Cru is aged in 25% new oak with 50% whole bunches. This Amoureuses is quite arresting on the nose with intense black cherries, violet, sous-bois and graphite aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with muscular tannins and good grip with an overtly saline finish. You can feel the shucked oyster shells in this wine and it has a tremendously long aftertaste. Excellent.
Neal Martin - Vinous
50% whole bunch, 20% new wood, 60 year old vines. Impressively rich deep purple. The Amoureuses has a sumptuous character that the Bonnes Mares eschews. Even some chocolate notes, but it is by no means over-ripe, and certainly the fresh acidity keeps the tension going at the back. Exciting and with good persistence.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy