"The 2018 Chiroubles “Vieilles Vignes from Monsieur Descombes is an outstanding example of the vintage. This is a young wine on both the nose and palate and really will deserve some time in the cellar to blossom, as it is structured like a top flight example of Morgon in this vintage. The deep and pure bouquet wafts from the glass in a mix of black cherries, sweet dark berries, beautiful spice tones, a complex base of soil, pigeon, espresso, woodsmoke and a gentle topnote of fresh thyme. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with ripe tannins, a superb core of fruit, lovely mineral undertow and a long, well-balanced and very classy finish. This is one of the most structurally stable of all the Vieilles Vignes bottlings I sampled from Georges Descombes from the 2018 vintage (though not without a whisper of backend VA), which augurs very well for its evolution in the cellar. 2023-2050. "
View From the Cellar
, November 2020