2019 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle-Musigny Les Hauts Doix 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 Hauts Doix 1er Cru comes from 80-year-old vines, this blend including 50% whole bunches. It has a powerful nose with iris and sous-bois aromas infusing the predominantly black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins, full of tension and quite precise, yet still a little "compact" on the finish. It will require three or four years to unfold once in bottle.
Neal Martin - Vinous
This is a mineral terroir, Nicolas tells me, “sunny and luminous but not hot”. He has vinified the 2019 Hauts Doix with 50% whole bunches and 20% new wood. It has a bright mid purple colour, is very perfumed in bouquet, with a magical weight of dark raspberry fruit. There is a little touch of the whole bunches on the nose, more at the finish where it delivers a fresher, indeed mineral feel, while it is the main body of the just ripe fruit which fills out the middle palate. Toasty oak to finish.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy