His vertical of Charmes Chambertin was an amazing hit at our Burgundy dinner with Allen Meadows as its style tend to be rich, spicy and velvety. His 2007 follows the same lines..its rich garnet colour opens up to a palate of chocolate, cherry, raspberry and blueberries. Sweet and refined, it melts deliciously on the tongue.
A completely different nose that is somber, even brooding with an emphasis on red and blue pinot fruit, earth and jerky trimmed in a deft stroke of wood that merges into textured, concentrated and serious full-bodied flavors that are well concentrated and wonderfully intense on the driving and energetic finish. There is quite a bit of gas present which makes the tannins seem more formidable than they really are but still, I suspect that this will be relatively long-lived. Drink: 2017+.Note: from 55+ year old vines totaling .29 ha with .125 ha in Charmes and the other .165 ha in Mazoyères.
The Sérafin family are part of the establishment in Gevrey Chambertin. From when he took over from his father in the 1960 until his recent retirement, if you ever want to get in touch with Christian, you either had to call him as the rooster crowed in the morning or long after the sun had set. The rest of the time, he wass working out in the vines or deep in his cellars. The domaine is now run by cousins Frédérique and Karine who are continuing the family tradition of making bold and structured wines. Their Pinots benefit from a period of bottle age and typically express fine tertiary characteristics. They do not fine or filter their wines, and only rack when necessary. Not shy of new oak, they use up to 50% on their straight Bourgogne and often 100% on the rest of their cuvées depending on the concentration. The wines tend to be ample and fleshy, and the richest ones need some cellaring in order to better integrate the spicy, cedarwood flavours.
Charmes-Chambertin is one of the nine Grand Crus vineyards within the Gevrey Chambertin area. On gentle slopes, sheltered from the elements by woods to the north, gravelly soil forces the vines to work hard. Relatively large for a Grand Cru appellation, it is hard to generalise about the wines. Often intensely perfumed and seductive, Charmes-Chambertin can be approachable earlier than its Grand Crus neighbours.