The 2010 Charmes-Chambertin is impeccably layered from start to finish. Dark cherries, plums and exotic spices are woven together in a rich fabric of notable class. The Charmes is indescribably elegant and also deceptive today in its openness, but it is a wine built for the cellar. This is going to be a fascinating wine to follow. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040. (AG)
This is also reduced though not nearly so strongly. There is good verve to the extract rich medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate on the significantly more structured, deeper and longer finish. The supporting tannins are really quite fine and while there is plenty of volume and solid power, this is perhaps a bit more sophisticated than it usually is. As with the Lavaut, readers should note that my score assumes that the reduction here is not permanent.
Bright, deep red. Musky, wild aromas and flavors of black raspberry, coffee, gibier, smoky crushed rock and mocha; an essence of Gevrey. Silky-sweet and deep, with terrific spicy, peppery lift contributing to the wine's superb inner-mouth tension. Finishes with a firm spine for aging but the tannins arrive late, allowing the wine's fruit and perfume to dust the mouth and expand on the aftertaste. (ST) 93+
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