An ultra-fresh nose exhibits a lovely and airy array of essence of red cherry, cranberry and lavender. The cool, pure and equally fresh medium weight flavors possess terrific vibrancy along with first-rate delineation on the mineral-inflected, clean and driving finish. This is excellent and a wine that should age very well as the balance is impeccable. *Outstanding*
The 2016 Chambolle “Charmes” is very, very fine, with lovely soil signature evident already on both the nose and palate. Again, this is quite black fruity in personality this year, offering up scents of black cherries, plums, raw cocoa, chalky soil tones, woodsmoke, vanillin oak and a lovely topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and precise, with a sappy core, fine soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a long, tangy and nascently complex finish. 2025-2065.
Notes of plum, red cherry, raw cocoa and a touch of grilled meat introduce a fine-grained, supple wine with a bright, sapid and open-kit palate and a chalky, mineral finish. A pretty Charmes. (WK)
The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes was affected by the frost but less so than the village cru. It has a nicely detailed, slightly earthy bouquet, freshly tilled soil aromas percolating though the dark berry fruit, the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin on the entry, notes of orange peel infusing the dark cherry fruit with just a touch of greenness on the finish. Not bad although the 2015 was a step up in quality. (NM)
(Hudelot-Noëllat owns two parcels, one 30 and the other 70 years of age): Medium bright red. Aromas of black raspberry and licorice are given punch by pungent rocky minerality. Concentrated but still quite tight and wound up; this wine too is carrying a high level of CO2. The tannins are fine-grained but distinctly firm in the early going. Finishes subtle, savory and long but I find this wine difficult to assess with confidence today. (ST)
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