(a blend of one-third Mazoyères and two-thirds Charmes proper – the fruit comes from a mix of mostly 20+ year-old vines, and a small percentage of extremely old vines; ~40% stems). A restrained and wonderfully aromatically complex nose displays intensely floral elements, cassis, black cherry and humus along with plenty of that Gevrey sauvage character. There is excellent phenolic maturity to the supporting structure that is already well-integrated on the extract-rich, round and delicious flavors. While there is a relatively refined mouth feel, there is also good muscle and power on the gorgeously long and serious finish. This beautifully well-balanced effort will also require lots of patience. Drink 2027+
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.