The 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, which is a mix of Mazoyères and Charmes, has a delightful bouquet that needed little encouragement from the glass, with heavenly aromas of raspberry, crushed strawberry, ground stone verging on slate, perhaps more Mazoyères than Charmes (which is no surprise given that two-thirds of the vines are from that side of the grand cru). The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and crisp acidity, with a lighter finish than I expected, maybe needing a little more substance to develop with time. I am sure it will. (NM)
This is the first wine to display any appreciable level of reduction and in this case it's enough to dominate the underlying fruit. Otherwise there is good detail and excellent punch to the beguilingly delicious, intense and focused medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins on the mildly austere, beautifully complex and solidly persistent finish. I like the potential of this balanced effort that should amply repay extended cellaring if desired.
Good medium red. Expressive aromas of raspberry, smoke, mocha and game. Fresh and firm in the mouth, offering a lovely combination of fresh strawberry and raspberry fruit and wilder elements of game and smoky minerality. A fairly rich, sweet style of Charmes but finishes with a firm tannic spine. (ST)
The Charmes offers up a nose of smoky red and black fruit, grilled meat, clove and forest floor, followed by a medium-full, chewy, taut palate. Its tannins are largely concealed by sweet, sapid fruit, and while this is a perfectly tasty bottle of red Burgundy, it isn’t a great bottle of Charmes. It struggles to follow the lovely Cazetiers. (WK)
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