Wine Advocate 87 points - Representing a bottling done already in early December of its vintage, Duboeuf’s 2011 Chiroubles displays a generously juicy mid-palate, its blueberry and black currant tinged with iris-like floral notes, though a faint bit of burn and bitterness delivers seed-crunching finishing invigoration at the price of slight gum-numbing and diffusion. (Jun 2013)
Wine Enthusiast 89 points - Attractive and fruity wine with a twist of tannin over the juicy yet bitter cherry fruit. The wine has a sense of structure, firm and showing some wood as well as tannin. Worth aging another year. (Nov 2013)
Chiroubles has the distinction of being the cru with the highest altitude at 1,500 feet above sea level. From this high perch, one can admire the broad plain of the Saone River, which the truly Burgundian writer Henri Vincenot affectionately named the “mother of rivers. Like most Beaujolais cru wines, Chiroubles is named after the village where it is produced. It earns all of its majestic
height, displayed in its princely silhouette and trappings, via its purity, refinement, and grace. One can easily compare Chiroubles to a super model. In taste, it proves to be the most ethereal of Beaujolais wines, all the while proudly bearing the stamp of delectable red berries. It pleasantly glides over the palate and according to a local poet, infatuated with all that is beautiful in this world, Chiroubles is literally “the extravagance of Beaujolais.