The 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Très Vieilles Vignes has a very intense and powerful nose, almost raucous with ebullient kirsch, blueberry and blackberry notes that come storming from the glass. The palate is full-bodied and quite dense in the mouth. For me, the oak is not quite as embroidered into the fabric of the wine as the Griotte or the Mazis. This has more thrust at the moment with an intense spicy finish, with a dash of black pepper on the aftertaste. Hopefully it will just calm down a little by the time of bottling. (NM)
Full red-ruby. Aromas of black cherry, licorice and violet are complicated by a distinct element of torrefaction. Densely packed and hugely concentrated, conveying outstanding energy and saline minerality to its remarkably sappy black cherry, dark berry, earth and floral flavors. A caramel note is probably due to the oaks (Roty uses Billon and Rousseau barrels here). Finishes extremely long, with saline and licorice notes. There's nothing hard about these tannins but this wine will nonetheless require a long time in the cellar to approach its peak. (ST)
(from a .16 ha parcel in Charmes proper of vines planted in 1885 that have never been pulled up though Roty points out that all those that have died over the years have been replanted) Once again the nose has mostly absorbed its wood treatment on the ultra-spicy, ripe and attractively fresh nose of black cherry, earth, underbrush and soft floral aromas. There is flat out incredible density to the extract rich and imposingly-scaled flavors that completely coat the palate with sap before culminating in a velvety yet superbly intense finish that seems to just go on and on. Once again though note well that plenty of patience is going to be required before this incredible beauty of a Charmes is ready to roll. This is seriously impressive. Drink: 2031+
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