The 2018 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 1er Cru is very perfumed on the nose with greater fruit intensity than Mugnier’s Amoureuses, whilst maintaining satisfying delineation. This unfurls wonderfully in the glass, certainly one of the more opulent Amoureuses. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, quite layered and grippy, bold in terms of structure with a heady, slightly alcoholic finish. This is a broad-shouldered Les Amoureuses, one difficult to broach now at this premature juncture. A slight coca note on the finish just blunts its edge and denies it a higher score. Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2018 red tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2055
An exuberantly floral-suffused nose reflects a plenitude of spice nuances on the airy and elegant aromas of red cherry, lavender, rose petal and exotic tea scents. The gorgeously textured middle weight flavors possess superb delineation and an almost pungent minerality that adds lift to the crunchy, classy and sneaky long finish. This is seriously good and a wine that should age effortlessly.
Robert Parker 94-96
Bursting with aromas of rose petals, orange rind, peonies, spices and wild berries, the 2018 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses is medium to full-bodied, layered and enveloping, with velvety tannins, exquisite precision despite the warm vintage and a pungently perfumed finish. This is a brilliant Amoureuses in the making.