Tangy and chewy in texture, this black cherry—, licorice- and mineral-flavored red is dense and muscular. Holds plenty in reserve and builds to a long finish. Beefy tannins are well-integrated, and the fruit goes on and on. Best from 2023 through 2047.
Reduction. The supple, round and strikingly refined, indeed even silky flavors possess focused power and punch while offering outstanding length on the dusty, palate coating and mildly austere finale. This is an exercise in harmony and refinement.
The 2015 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a refined bouquet with ample dark cherry, black plum and hints of violet coming through with time, though I found myself preferring more the delineation on the Gevrey Aux Combottes. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet tannin; conservative in some ways with sharp acidity and rigid tannin. Perhaps it needs more complexity and tension to develop on the finish by the time of bottling to rank with the best Charmes-Chambertin.
Good full red. Very ripe but slightly stunted nose offers soil and oak tones but with fruit in the deep background; one is immediately aware of the vintage here. In a chewy, rather masculine style, not yet expansive. Impressively dense but showing a medicinal reserve. Today the tannins are stronger and drier than those of the Combottes. This wine was reduced from barrel a year ago but nonetheless offered more flavor interest and floral lift (of course, the Arlauds' vines are in Mazoyères). Will this youthfully hard-edged wine gain in sweetness with bottle aging?(ST)
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