Dark bright red. Ripe black cherry and musky soil tones are lifted by a violet topnote. Juicy, tight and vibrant, with crunchy black fruit and spice flavors complicated by savory minerality. Broad, dusty tannins really clamp down on the finish of this seriously structured grand cru, but the wine's subtle rising length suggests it will come into harmony with time in bottle.
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.