The 2015 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru offers a mixture of red and black fruit on the nose, later orange rind and hints of Seville orange marmalade coming forth, though generally remaining more backward compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, quite structured and perhaps a little Mazis-Chambertin in style. It is endowed with plenty of crunchy black and red fruit developing towards the finish with a potent spiciness that lingers in the mouth. This is a vivacious Charmes-Chambertin even if, to be honest, it is surpassed by the other grand crus in this vintage. (NM)
This is aromatically more elegant if perhaps not quite as ripe as the Cazetiers with its herbal tea, forest floor, red cherry and softly spicy and earthy aromas. The supple, round and delicious flavors possess a seductive mouth feel but with more size, weight and mid-palate concentration that helps to buffer the firmer tannic spine on the balanced and harmonious finale. Lovely and I like the complexity here.
It is interesting, given all of the sappy red fruit tones in the wines served ahead of the 2015 Charmes-Chambertin, to find how black fruity this wine is this year. The bouquet is deep and very pure, wafting from the glass in a mix of black cherries, sweet dark berries, bitter chocolate, grilled meat, dark soil tones and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tangy, with a rock solid core, ripe, perfectly-integrated tannins and a very long, tangy and youthful finish. This is a spitting image of the young 1993 Charmes, with perhaps just a bit more mid-palate stuffing.
Healthy deep medium red. Medicinal red cherry, dried rose and a whiff of iron on the captivating nose. Sweeter and silkier than the foregoing premier crus, offering considerable charm to its dark cherry and floral flavors. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins, lovely length and seductive rose petal lift. (ST)
Robust cherry fruit on the nose, with a delicate, sweet palate attack. This has good concentration but not evident extraction, so the palate remains silky and fresh with very discreet tannins. Moderate acidity and length. (SB)
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