One To Watch: Domaine des Beaumont

Domaine des Beaumont is located in Morey St. Denis, not far from Maison Frederic Magnien.  For generations, the Beaumont family sold their grapes to Laboure-Roi, but now Thierry Beaumont is bottling the wines and releasing them under his own label.  These wines are fashioned in a soil-driven style, and offer solid value.  Particularly compelling is the Charmes-Chambertin, but all of the wines are delicious now and will age effortlessly.   

Domaine des Beaumont Charmes-Chambertin 2008:  Dripping with purity, the glorious 2008 Charmes-Chambertin is a magnificent example of the magic that can happen when winemakers farm their sites well, and then let the wine speak of its terroir instead of new oak.  A dazzling array of sous bois, black earth, rock shavings, and spicy black berries build in fragrance and flavor with time in the glass.  The intensity of fruit flavor is managed by round tannins that are firm but kept in check.  Though only medium-bodied, the concentration of flavors makes the wine seem much fuller.  The most exciting Charmes-Chambertin I’ve had in years.  Beginning with the 2008 vintage, this is a producer with whom every Burgundy collector should become acquainted.  Drink now-2025.  (95+ points) 

Domaine des Beaumont Chambolle Musigny Les Chardannes 2008:  Violet ruby.  Showcasing the intensity of small-clustered Pinor Noir, this Chambolle exhibits vivid aromas and flavors of black and red berries, freshly turned soil, and toasted sesame seeds.  A tasty saline note on the back end adds complexity.  Drink now-2016.  (90+ points)

Domaine des Beaumont Morey St. Denis Clos Sorbes 2008:  Featuring a ruby hue, the Morey St. Denis Clos Sorbes offers sappy, dark Pinot fruit flavors.  With aeration, the wine becomes richer, seemingly growing in body, but manages to maintain its Pinot purity.  Drink now-2017.  (90+ pts).

Domaine des Beaumont Morey St. Denis Les Ruchots 2008:  Stepping it up a notch is the Les Ruchots 2008, which possesses a stimulating bouquet of ripe black cherries, black gum drops, and fresh cream framed by notes of crushed rocks and dark soil.  On the palate, the fleshy fruit and mineral notes are counterbalanced by a layer of tannins and noticeable acidity.  The finish is particularly nuanced and delicate.  A spectacular bottling that should age well.  Drink now-2010.   (91+ points)

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