Observations, opinions, and news from the world of wine (and other beverages) from the point of view of a sommelier.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Laurent Roumier Chambolle Musigny 2007

From time to time we encounter a wine that truly attracts our attention.  A wine that causes us to take pause and focus on its aromas, flavors and textures.  One that evokes feelings and memories.  A wine tasted last week did just this.  The tasting had included other quality wines from France and the United States, and this wine was the next to last tasted.  We were all quite happy with the quality and range of flavors the others wines had presented us, but this wine seduced us from the first whiff.  I’m not going to tell you that this was the most fantastic wine I’ve ever tasted, or that it deserves 100 points from Parker or Wine Spectator, rather that it captivated me with its complexity and harmony.  Was it just me?  The reaction of my friend and sommelier at Central restaurant, José Miguel Burga, confirmed that I was not the only one charmed by this wine.  With his nose in the glass I could see that the world around him ceased to exist for a few moments.  We ended the tasting with a powerful red from the Coteaux du Languedoc, also of good quality, but all of us returned to this seductive wine.

The village and appellation of Chambolle-Musigny is located in the Côte de Nuits district just south-west of the city of Dijon.  The wines of this appellation are red, made principally of Pinot Noir although regulations do permit the inclusion of Pinot Gris and Pinot Liébault.  The wines labeled “Chambolle-Musigny”, the most basic wine of the appellation, are indeed of very high quality for “village” wines, and are known for their fine elegance.

Medium intense ruby-red in color.  On the nose notes of perfectly ripe cherries and strawberries.  Hints of violets, dried mushrooms, burnt orange peel and underbrush.  A refreshing mineral note of iron.  Silky on the nose and palate.  Exquisitely rich in the mouth but balanced by good acidity.  Beautiful, seductive, elegant.

  • Winery:  Laurent Roumier
  • Wine:  Chambolle-Musigny
  • Vintage:  2007
  • Country:  France
  • Appellation:  Chambolle-Musigny A.O.P.
  • Type: dry red wine
  • Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol:  13.0%
  • Format:  750 ml
  • Closure:  Natural cork
  • Serving temperature:  14° – 16°C.
    (57° - 61°F.)
  • Optimum consumption:  through 2016
  • Pairing:  Roast leg of lamb, duck magret
  • In Peru imported by Opus Wine
  • Suggested retail price:  S/. 220.00

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