(from two parcels, one 35 years old and the other more than 60): Dark red with ruby highlights. Inviting aromas of blueberry, blackberry, licorice and menthol. Quite sweet on entry, then a bit youthfully disjointed in the middle, with the flavors of black cherry and licorice firmed by a solid tannic spine. Quite tight, even a bit tough, and inscrutable today, finishing with a note of salty minerality.
The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes, this year one new barrel of four, has a charming bouquet with redcurrant, boysenberry, fig and minerals. There is a lot going on here, one of the domaine's more mercurial aromatic profiles. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, sappy red berry fruit with fine depth and purity. The fruit becomes a little darker towards the finish, with hints of mulberry and pain d'épices. Excellent (again).
This too is attractively fresh, bright and airy with its pretty nose that combines notes of lavender, violet, red cherry and subtle spice hints. The detailed and vibrant middle weight flavors possess a wonderfully silky mouth feel that also culminates in a tight and linear finish where a cherry pit character emerges. This is really quite lovely; indeed it's textbook Charmes.
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