2006 Jerome Chezeaux, Vosne-Romanee “Les Chaumes” Premier Cru, Red Burgundy, France.
Made from 100% de-stemed grapes and done in a more traditional style with little new wood this lovely and fruit filled Pinot is a Burgundy worth searching out. The nose starts with a slight reductive note, but soon opens with time in the glass and gains freshness, I would imagine it is the vintage more than anything, and the palate is vigorous and deep with round giving fruit, plum, cherry and bramble berry and complex mineral tones with hints of saline, game, truffle and red tea spices. Dried roses and violets emerge with lovely effect and linger on the rich finish. I adore this Vosne-Romanee, though I am sure 2008 and 2009 would be even better, but I was was left very impressed by this wine and since I had not tried Chezeaux in the past it was a new experience that proved very pleasing. I look forward to trying more of this Domaine’s fine Burgundy in the near future, and recommend everyone check them out, they are very fairly priced for the quality. The 2006 Les Chaumes indeed surpassed my expectations and I might be inclined to grab a few bottles and savor their delights near term. It is always fun to discover something new and the Jerome Chezeaux was a super find!
($75 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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