2019 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle-Musigny Les Sentiers 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.
Matured in 25% new oak and 90% whole bunches, the 2019 Chambolle-Musigny Les Sentiers 1er Cru is the most opulent of Groffier’s 2019s with kirsch and orange zest infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a little oak to be subsumed on the entry. Good weight, quite muscular for a Chambolle with liberally sprinkled black pepper enhancing the finish. A little stocky, bottle age will smooth any jagged corners.
Neal Martin - Vinous
80% whole bunch, 20% new wood, 80 year old vines, on clay soil below Bonnes Mares. Rich purple, a slightly pruny nose here, the fruit has got ripe. Very sumptuous in the mouth not too dry at the finish, this is actually really good wine in a riper fruit style, and the whole bunch usage leaves a fresher finish.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy