Many Burgundy wines are too expensive and sometimes simply bad wines for the money. But there are always sensational bright spots, especially with older vintages. These wines do not come from our cellars but were sponsored by a friend.
The Societe de Selection Vinicole 1962 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses shows the high quality of one of the best 1er Cru vineyards in Chambolle-Musigny. Ullage was 3cm. After a few hours of aeration it showed strawberry, cherry, herbs and rose blossoms. It is medium- to full-bodied, balanced, complex and elegant and has a medium to long finish. 18.5/20 points.
Although the Barriere 1945 Corton Clos du Roi had an ullage of 7cm, this is an excellent Burgundian wine which needed 6 hours in the decanter to fully open up. With better ullage most probably more. With still red highlights in the colour, it seemed much younger. It started out with cherries and lovely malt notes after a while. It was full-body and showed finely matured tannin, red fruit and an impeccable density and structure. It was a power Burgundy and could easily be mistaken for a Pinot from the 70s if served blind. 18.5/20 points.