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Anne + Herve Sigaut 2020

Chambolle & Morey from an Upcoming Domaine
February 22, 2022

 

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I strongly believe that the 2020s belong in any serious Burgundy collector’s cellar; indeed I believe that it would be a significant mistake to pass on them, Alan Meadows, Burghound

 

Meadows reports that 2020 is “one of the hottest and driest vintages since the beginning of the 21st century 

“In spite of that it produced beautiful, and beautifully fresh and vibrant, wines. ….Their moderately firm tannic spines coupled with good acid levels provide the framework to allow the wines to be highly energetic, wonderfully refreshing and delineated. Moreover, and most importantly, the high heat did little to efface the transparency of the underlying terroir. 

“Wine quality is at a minimum excellent other than the inescapable fact that quantities are down 30 to 50% compared to a normal crop. ….they are often black, or even opaque, yet the quality is excellent and, in some cases, magnificent. 

“The wines are surprisingly vibrant, even racy. ….The finest examples flash an exquisite acid/fruit/tannin balance that makes them sing in the sense that you just can’t help but take another sip. They are blessed with palpable levels of sappy dry extract, or what the Burgundians call sèveR, which reflects the impressive concentration the vintage naturally has. The tannins are fine and thus the rusticity that some very concentrated past vintages have tended to show is largely absent in 2020.”

 

Anne and Henri Sigaut produced some excellent wines in their estate in Chambolle . we have been allocated a small quantity of their best

 

2020, Chambolle-Musigny Les Sentiers Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru

(planted in 1947). A slightly more elegant nose offers up its aromas of red and dark currant liqueur, anise, violet and more discreet wood influence. The rich and sleek middle weight flavors possess excellent intensity as well as fine persistence on the balanced finish where the wood telegraphed by the nose reappears. This is a bit woody at present, but the requisite density appears to be present such that it will ultimately successfully integrate.  Burghound

“ the vines are still in excellent health. Really lovely nose, suggestive of tiny berries, red and black. Could be very dark redcurrants or bilberries. This is very succulent in the middle but retains the firmness of structure which characterises these wines” Jasper Morris   $129 Net

 

2020, Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées 1er Cru

“reduction though there is good freshness and verve to the caressing and velvet-textured medium-bodied flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the better- balanced and more structured finish. I would note that while there is a touch of warmth, it’s sufficiently subtle as to not really compromise the overall sense of harmony  Burghound

Two plots next to Bonnes Mares and one next to Christophe Roumier’s Cras. Bright even purple. Rather reductive nose. Very fine rich generous fruit in the mouth, optimum ripeness, just firmed up a bit at the back by the reduction. Very long finish. This would be first class without the reduction. Jasper Morris   $119

 

2020, Chambolle-Musigny Les Chatelots 1er Cru

Attractively spicy aromas speak mainly of cassis, ripe black cherry and a touch of exotic tea. The energetic middle weight flavors are finer still with good definition on the muscular and moderately austere finale. In the context of what is typical for Chatelots, this is relatively robust. Solid if atypical quality here. Burghound

Richer purple black and a sweet ripe fruit here, but it smells in good balance. Much lusher fruit, certainly at least optimum ripeness, but it works very well. Generous fruit behind and good length. The fruit covers the tannins very nicely.  Jasper Morris   $112

 

2020, Chambolle-Musigny Les Bussières Vieilles Vignes

Old vines from 1959. Rich deep purple, 20% new wood. Plump and powerful, with more oak evident. Quite a solid style of Chambolle perhaps, but we are on the Morey side. Rich but not overheated raspberry, grainy tannins, just enough acidity. 

Jasper Morris   $78

 

2020, Morey-St-Denis Les Charrières 1er Cru

Darkish purple, slightly high toned, a firmer style. Very good intensity but this could use being a little bit more supple. I like the aftertaste with a good quality of dark but precise fruit.  Jasper Morris   $82

 

2020, Chambolle-Musigny 

“A notably ripe combination offers up its notes of plum, dark currant and violet. There is both fine richness and volume to the succulent and relatively powerful middle weight flavors that possess ample punch on the lightly stony finale.  Burghound

“Rich purple, perfumed rich raspberry fruit, fairly exotic. Pretty punchy but just in bounds, fresh deep raspberry, with some good acidity. Medium deep length.  Jasper Morris   $65

 

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