This is the first wine to display any appreciable amount of wood and in this case it's generous to the point that there are menthol nuances on the otherwise layered nose that is very Gevrey in character with plenty of game, forest floor and earth scents. The rich, round and seductively textured medium weight plus flavors possess fine depth and length if not the sheer potential of the best here. Still, this is really quite good and should make for a lovely wine with 10 plus years of age on it.
The Drouhin family has a relatively new source for Charmes-Chambertin, as their longtime supplier of many decades decided to stop selling grapes five or six years ago. The 2015 may well be the best Charmes chez Drouhin since the source of the grapes changed, as the wine is outstanding. The bouquet is pure, complex and beautifully expressive, soaring from the glass in a fine blend of red and black cherries, venison, coffee, dark chocolate, a superb base of soil, mustard seed and new oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and shows off lovely depth at the core, with fine-grained tannins, excellent focus and grip and a very long, nascently complex and perfectly balanced finish. This is outstanding wine in the making! 2021-2060.
Taut and polished, with black cherry, blackberry, licorice and spice flavors locked in the embrace of voluminous tannins. Ample sweet fruit comes to the fore on the lingering finish, where the spice accents continue. (BS)
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