And the 2017 Charmes-Chambertin chez Bachelet? Utterly profound and one of the finest red wines I tasted during my entire trip! The magnificent bouquet offers up scents of sappy black cherries, black raspberries, grilled meats, a very complex base of soil, raw cocoa, again a touch of licorice and a fine foundation of smoky new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, nascently complex and very sappy at the core, with stellar transparency, great focus and grip, ripe tannins and a very, very long, tangy and seamlessly balanced finish. This is still a very primary wine, but its inherent complexity is already self-evident and this will be ultimately ranked as one of the truly legendary vintages of Denis’ magical, very old vine Charmes-Chambertin.
The domaine's two parcels, covering 0.44ha in all, are both in what is known locally as Charmes-Charmes, right on the edge of Mazoyères. Denis Bachelet's 'haute couture' grand cru has very old vines and the resulting wine is as brilliant as ever, showing sumptuous red fruit sweetness, stylish 50% new wood, filigree tannins and the racy complexity of a great site. (TA)
The 2017 Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru is one of the most backward. I can remember tasting this wine from barrel over the last 15-odd years. Patience is needed. It gradually opens to reveal exquisitely defined blackberry, hawthorn and crushed stone aromas, hints of rose petal emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and filigree tannin, perfectly judged acidity, the intensity flooding towards the back end with such effortlessly ease. This is yet another magnificent masterclass in Charmes-Chambertin courtesy of Bachelet and his century-old vines. (NM)
Bachelet's 2017 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes is a magical young wine that entirely meets the high expectations I formed for it in barrel. Soaring from the glass with aromas of cassis, cherries, licorice, smoked meats, orange rind, incense and violets, it's full-bodied, textural and enveloping, with superb concentration and disarmingly sweet, velvety tannins, concluding with a long and lively finish. This is a dramatic young Charmes that's already head-turning and will age with immense grace. (WK)
This was the only wine in the range to display any appreciable reduction along with a background dollop of wood. The velvety and highly seductive medium weight flavors possess an abundance of dry extract that easily buffers the moderately firm tannic spine shaping the lingering and well-balanced finish. This will need to develop more depth to merit the upper end of my projected range but the underlying material appears to be present such that it will be possible.
Deep, dark, fresh but ripe black fruits. Blackberry not red fruits. Some peppery spice, and more oak sweetness on the palate though it is just 50% new. All tongue-tied at the moment but there’s a dark peppery fragrance trying to escape and giving scent on the palate. There’s chew in the tannins here but rounded and smooth and elegant. Power drives the length but is well hidden. Griottes cherry with the stone. (JH) 17.5/20 points
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