Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes

92 points
"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. "
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, November 2020
94 points
"Bright violet. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red and blue fruits, patchouli, pungent flowers and musky earth, and a Moroccan spice note builds in the glass. Penetrating bitter cherry, raspberry preserve and candied lavender flavors possess a compelling blend of power and delicacy. Takes a darker turn with aeration and finishes impressively long and youthfully taut, with slowly building tannins and reverberating mineral and floral notes"
Josh Raynolds,
Vinous Media
, August 2021

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