**Note: from a 1.75 ha parcel of vines averaging 35 to 40 years of age**
This is aromatically more elegant with its perfumed, spicy and quite floral nose that features mostly dark berry fruit liqueur-like scents. This is markedly more mineral-driven than the Combottes with terrific detail and tension to the ultra-refined medium weight flavors that brim with tannin-buffering dry extract on the saline, beautifully persistent and impeccably well-balanced finale. Good stuff that should be approachable young but age very well too.
The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras goes up a few levels in terms of mineralite over the Combottes. The aromatics soar from the glass and whisk you straight the vintage - there is astonishing tension and nervosite underpinning this Les Cras The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, intense black fruit infused with black truffle and spice, building towards a compelling peacock's tail of a finish. This is a brilliant 2012 in the making. Christophe forgot about his single white wine until I gave him a nudge.