The 2012 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has an exquisite bouquet with fragrant wild strawberry, bergamot and forest floor that simmers with tension, subtle touches of cassis unfolding in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, slightly chalky tannins, over a layer of effervescent candied fruit – mandarin and apricot enriching the finish. This is such a pretty thing, surely destined to be irresistible in its youth.
I am a big fan of the Charmes-Chambertin from the Rousseau family each and every year, as I often find it very, very elegant and complex, even in vintages where it can start out life a touch fluide. However, in short crops such as 2010 and 2012, there is an extra level of depth here that is very exciting to behold and the 2012 Charmes is a stunning young wine! The brilliantly sappy and pure nose soars from the glass in a combination of sappy strawberries, cherries, blood orange, cocoa, just a hint of grilled meat, dark soil tones and a pungent topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and resplendent in its sappy red fruit at the core, with great focus and transparency, fine-grained tannins, exceptional focus and grip and a very, very long, suavely-tannic and tangy finish. This is a great bottle of Charmes- no ifs, ands or buts and probably the greatest rendition of this fine grand cru that I have ever tasted from the Rousseau family! (Drink between 2022-2060)
Intensity and volume are the first things that come to mind in the 2012 Charmes-Chambertin. Layers if blue/blackish fruit blossom in a wine that is beautifully textured and vibrant throughout. I very much like the intensity here. I tasted two different barrels of Charmes, both in different states of their evolution, which is why generally speaking I feel the wines aren't fully formed just yet.
A beautifully elegant essence of red berry fruit nose enjoys added breadth in the form of spice, earth and gentle floral nuances. I very much like the sense of freshness and vivacity to the medium weight plus flavors that possess fine detail and a hint of minerality that continues onto the silky and saline-inflected finish. This wine has made a great deal of progress over the past 5 vintages or so and 2012 continues that trend.
(two-thirds from Mazoyeres): Very ripe aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry, redcurrant, gibier and rose petal, plus a whiff of smoked meat. At once fruity and savory, showing less inner-mouth lift than the Cazetiers but in a more elegant style. Finishes with firm, sweet tannins and enticing lingering perfume.
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