Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses
The 1976 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses from de Vogue comes from an era when the estate was producing rustic, feral wines that lack the precision and detail you find nowadays. Indeed, tasted blind, this 40-year-old Les Amoureuses was so "funky" on the nose that I found it difficult to pin down the appellation. There is a touch of the old pig-sty here, though the vintage clearly bestowed plenty of fruit that has now degraded. The palate is balanced, ferrous and grippy, a "big-boned" Les Amoureuses with no inkling of finesse, quite gutsy with tarry, mushroomy notes towards the end. It's now without charm, but it is the kind of wine I could imagine drinking in a stable rather than a restaurant. Tasted January 2016.
(223, The Wine Advocate 4th Mar 2016)