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2015 Domaine Georges Roumier Chambolle-Musigny ‘Les Cras’ 1er Cru

  • Producer
    Domaine Georges Roumier
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
    Pinot Noir
  • Region
  • Sub Region
    Chambolle Musigny
  • Size

The domaine was founded in 1924 by Georges Roumier, who began domaine bottling in 1945. He was succeeded in 1957 by his son Jean-Marie and now grandson Christophe, who joined his father in 1982 and took over completely in 1992. Most of the wines are rented (en fermage) from family members although Ruchottes Chambertin is held on a share cropping deal with an external proprietor, Michel Bonnefond. The wines are seductively fruity in their youth yet with excellent ageing potential.

The grapes are sorted in the vineyard, with a table de tri at the winery since 2003. They are mostly destemmed, albeit depending on vineyard and vintage, with a few more stems being used recently – then placed in wooden fermenters. The juice is given a cool soak at 15° then allowed to start naturally. The juice is punched down twice a day and temperature controlled so as not to exceed 32°C.

There is no great reliance on new wood in the maturation cellar, with 15-25% being used for village wines, 25-40% for premiers crus and no more than 50% for Bonnes Mares. In recent years Christophe has been searching for, and achieving, a greater sense of precision in his wines.

Tasting Notes

93 Points Allen Meadows
(from a 1.75 ha parcel of vines averaging 35 to 40 years of age). Here the cool and more restrained nose is at once spicier and more elegant with a relatively high-toned combination of pomegranate, cherry, violet and lavender aromas. The equally elegant, pure, sleek and highly energetic flavors possess an exquisitely fine mouthfeel along with bracing minerality while delivering superb length on the saline and bitter cherry-inflected finish. This is potentially a great vintage for this wine as everything is in place for it to be really, really good in time. 2027+

92-94 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras has a pastille-like purity on the nose, tightly wound at first but gaining in vigor with mulberry, blackberry and raspberry scents. The palate is beautifully balanced with very fine tannin, a little denser than the Combettes with a firmer grip in the mouth. There is very good salinity on the finish that feels stern at the moment, but will flesh out once the cellar warms up and the wine approaches bottling. At present the Chambolle Combottes has the edge, but let’s see in ten years time.

2015 Domaine Georges Roumier Chambolle-Musigny ‘Les Cras’ 1er Cru