Bright medium red. Enticing, ethereal aromas of urgent crushed berries, flowers and medicinal herbs. Shows less volume than the 2012 version but this is silky and balanced, with harmonious acidity giving shape to the smoky red and black fruit flavors. This should evolve gracefully and gain in sweetness and complexity with bottle age. Dugat told me he'd wait ten years before pulling the cork.
Robert Parker 92
The 2011 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru offers more volume on the bouquet when compared with the Charmes-Chambertin ’11: a slow-motion explosion of raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, subtle notes of ripe (perhaps over-ripe?) oranges and apricot in the background with a balsamic note emerging in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a little more fatness and weight than the Charmes. The acidity is nicely judged here, effortlessly slicing through the pure red and black fruit and segueing into a harmonious, finely-tuned finish that just needs a little more tension. It needs a couple of year in bottle to absorb the new oak, but will be more approachable than other vintages. Drink 2015-2025.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025