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John Gilman

"The Beautiful 2018 Vintage From the Côte de Beaune Superstar Domaine Clos de la Chapelle." - John Gilman  

"The 2018 vintage has turned out beautifully at Domaine Clos de la Chapelle, and if you are yet to really discover these wines, this would be a very good vintage to get started, as time is a wasting and one day, they are going to be has hard to find as some of the long-established, "big names" of the Côte d'Or." 


Vins Rouges

2018 Beaune 1er cru "Champs Pimont"

The vines in Champs Pimont were the last to be harvested by the team at Clos de la Chapelle, as the harvesters cleared this parcel on September 1st of 2018. The wine offers up a bright and sappy bouquet of red and black cherries, a bit of chocolate, spit-roasted pigeon, woodsmoke, a lovely base of soil, discreet new wood shading, spices and a delicate balsamic overtone in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with fine focus and balance, ripe, buried tannins and excellent length and grip on the nascently complex finish. This is a bit broader-shouldered than the fine 2017 version, but it has fine backend sappiness and is very well-made and will drink well for many decades to come. But, give it some time in the cellar to let its tannins soften up a bit. 2028-2055+. 90 pts.


2018 Beaune 1er cru "les Teurons"

The 2018 Teurons from Mark O'Connell and his team at Clos de la Chapelle is a beautiful wine, with its one day earlier picking seemingly giving it just a touch more precision and purity than the Champs Pimont (that is how fast the sugars were climbing at the outset of September of 2018). The bouquet is precise and really pretty, wafting from the glass in a blend of sweet dark berries, black cherries, raw cocoa, dark soil tones, woodsmoke, gamebird and a deft touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and sappy at the core, with superb soil signature, ripe, fine-grained tannins, sound acids and outstanding focus and grip on the long, suave and complex finish. This is a simply stellar bottle of young Beaune! 2028-2060. 92+ pts.


2018 Volnay 1er cru "en Carelle"

These nice old, sixty year-old vines have done very nicely in the torrid summer of 2018. The wine offers up beautiful depth and purity on the nose, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of black cherries, plums, bitter chocolate, a gorgeous base of soil, gamebird, a hint of lavender, discreet vanillin oak and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full, with a superb core of ripe fruit, good soil undertow, ripe tannins and a long, complex and very nicely balanced finish. This is the sole Volnay in the domaine's lineup where one can sense the ripeness of the vintage a bit on the backend (though not at all on the nose), but the wine never loses its fine sense of balance. It comes in listed at 13.5 percent and I would guess that it is probably just a touch higher. That said, it is still an excellent wine. 2026-2055+. 91 pts


2018 Volnay 1er cru  "Clos de la Chapelle" monopole

Ten years ago, I thought my cosmology of Volnay vineyards was pretty well-established, but a decade of this domaine's monopole bottling of the premier cru of Clos de la Chapelle has certainly given it a place on my summit of Volnay's Mount Olympus! The 2018 Clos de la Chapelle is an absolutely beautiful wine and perhaps the finest yet from the estate, as it delivers a stellar aromatic constellation of black plums, black cherries, raw cocoa, a gentle touch of meatiness, a complex base of soil, woodsmoke, fresh nutmeg, hints of the black truffles to come, crushed violets and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and nicely plush at the core, with a full-bodied and impeccably balanced format, with fine-grained tannins, superb focus and grip and a long, complex and vibrant finish. This is a supremely elegant example of a sappy and soil-driven 2018 and flat out great juice! 2028-2065+. 94 pts.  


2018 Volnay 1er cru "Taillepieds"

The Domaine Clos de la Chapelle farms a small parcel of sixty-five year-old vines in Taillepieds, lying between those of Domaines de Montille and Marquis d'Angerville. Their 2018 Taillepieds is an exhilarating example of this great terroir, offering up a pure, youthful and bottomless bouquet of black cherries, purple berries, raw cocoa, black tea, a gorgeous expression of soil, smoked duck, discreet floral tones and a suave base of new oak. On the palate the wine is very deep, full-bodied, focused and nascently complex, with a stunning synthesis of sappy black fruit and mineral drive, ripe, buried tannins and a very long, pure and very promising finish. This is a proper example of Taillepieds and will need plenty of time in the cellar, but it is going to be absolutely brilliant once it is ready to drink! 2033-2090. 93+ pts. 


2018 Pommard 1er cru  " Les Chanlins" Vieilles Vignes

The domaine's parcel of vines in Chanlins are closing in on their ninetieth birthday now, and these old vines have delivered a superb premier cru in 2018. The bouquet is pure and precise, wafting from the glass in a refined blend of red plums, cherries, pigeon, a very complex base of soil tones, a hint of nutmeg (from the whole clusters), gentle herb tones, woodsmoke and a discreet foundation of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with great soil undertow, fine-grained tannins and impeccable focus and grip on the long, very well-balanced and oh, so promising finish. This comes in listed at 13.5 percent and is a properly-structured young Pommard, but with the Chanlins vineyard's inherent elegance already very much on display. All it needs is some time alone in the cellar to properly blossom! The Volnays here are always the slightly flashier wines out of the blocks, but make no mistake, this is a brilliant wine in the making! 2031-2090. 93 pts.


2018 Pommard 1er cru "Grands Epenots"

The 2018 Grands Epenots from Clos de la Chapelle is another quite svelte example of the vintage, coming in at 13.5 percent octane and offering up very impressive purity and brightness

in its youthfully complex bouquet of red and black cherries, red plums, cocoa powder, gamebird, very refined soil tones, woodsmoke and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is bright, fullbodied,

focused and pure, with lovely depth at the core, fine-grained tannins, excellent soil signature and a very long, poised and classy finish. This is an outstanding example of Grands Epenots in the making! 2033-2090. 93 pts.


2018 Corton "Bressandes" Grand Cru- Domaine Clos de la Chapelle

The 2018 Bressandes from Domaine Clos de la Chapelle is another stellar bottle in the making. The bouquet is deep, nascently complex and very pure, wafting from the glass in a mix of red and black cherries, Corton spice tones, spit-roasted venison, a superb base of soil tones, a touch of cocoa powder and an understated base of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full bodied and very suave on the attack for young Corton, with a lovely core of fruit, great soil signature, ripe, buried tannins and outstanding length and grip on the seamlessly balanced finish. This is a great bottle of Bressandes- all it needs is time in the cellar. 2033-2090. 94 pts.


Vins Blancs

2018 Beaune 1er cru "Reversées" Blanc

The 2018 Beaune "Reversées" Blanc from Clos de la Chapelle is an excellent example of the vintage, with a fine tension between its ripe, but pure fruit and its undertow of soil. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a generous blend of pear, apple, acacia blossoms, chalky soil tones, a touch of orange zest and a suave foundation of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused and light on its feet, with a good core of fruit, bright acids and lovely length and grip on the succulent and bouncy finish. I can see no reason to not wade right into this wine, as it is drinking splendidly right out of the blocks! 2020-2030+. 90 pts.


2018 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er cru "Sous Frétilles"

The 2018 Sous Frétilles from Clos de la Chapelle is older vines than the Reversées and this shows both in the mid-palate intensity and in the backend mineral drive here. The bouquet is pure and flat out lovely, delivering a complex constellation of pear, pink grapefruit, a superb base of limestone minerality, bee pollen, vanillin oak and a topnote of orange blossoms. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely core of fruit, sound acids and very good length and grip on the long, ripe and vibrant finish. I would opt to give this a year or two in the cellar, just to let it stretch its wings a bit more, as there is more in reserve here. 2022-2035. 91+ pts. 


2018 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

 I love Mark O'Connell's version of Corton-Charlemagne, as I find it one of the classic expressions of the Pernand side of the hill. His 2018 version is nicely ripe, but still with both its feet firmly planted in the deep, limestone soil of the hillside, offering up a superb, complex bouquet of pear, golden delicious apple, lemon, incipient notes of crème patissière, acacia blossoms, beeswax, a beautiful base of chalky soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and impeccably balanced, with a superb core of fruit, fine soil signature, bright acids and excellent focus and lift on the long, poised and complex finish. Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, one of the best examples of Corton-Charlemagne was made by Domaine Tollot-Beaut and this 2018 from Clos de la Chapelle reminds me very strongly of the 1992 Tollot-Beaut when it was first released! 2022-2045. 94 pts.

 



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Domaine Clos de la Chapelle
3, rue de Grenier à Sel
21200 Beaune - France


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Mark O'Connell


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Vinium
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contact@vinium.com


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Serge Chapuis

Domaine Clos de la Chapelle
3, rue de Grenier à Sel
21200 Beaune - France


Responsable de la publication
Mark O'Connell


Hébergement
Vinium
Tel +33 3 80 26 55 00
contact@vinium.com


Photos
Serge Chapuis