Moderate reduction presently masks the underlying fruit though there is good volume and punch to the supple yet well-detailed medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a naturally sweet, balanced and strikingly persistent finish. This is very Charmes in style, which is to say seductive yet entirely serious.
Dark red with ruby tones. Slightly reduced nose offers red fruits, smoke and leather. Rich, sweet and concentrated, with a fine-grained texture and sappy, mouth-saturating flavors of cherry, spices and menthol. For all its sucrosité and ripeness, this wine is nicely taut. Dugat notes that this Charmes will be bottled with 12.5% natural alcohol.
The 2015 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru did not quite convey the same harmony and delineation as the Lavaux St Jacques when I tasted it from barrel. It comes across as being rather sultry, a little bolshie. The palate is medium-bodied and angular on the entry with tart red cherry fruit, although it gains more cohesion towards the second half and there is a lovely, pastille-like purity that lingers in the mouth. A bit of a rough diamond now, I suspect it will improve with bottle age.(NM)
Slight reduction makes it hard to read the nose, though it certainly seems ripe. Medium-bodied, sleek and stylish, the very fine tannins give finesse. There's zesty acidity on the finish. Not a massive wine, but lively and invigorating with a long finish. Drinking Window 2018-2028
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