(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; 70% stems). This is also markedly floral with its mix of violet, rose petal and lilac scents where added breadth is present in the form of black cherry, spice and cassis. There is plenty of earth character to the supple and round yet impressively concentrated medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the balanced and lingering finish. Interestingly this doesn’t have the power and drive of the Lavaut yet it’s finer and more understated. While these two wines are rough qualitative equivalents note well that they possess very different personalities. Drink 2028+
The 2013 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru is nicely defined on the nose, not a million miles away from Bernard's Lavaux Saint Jacques '13 at the moment. The palate is more powerful though, with very supple ripe, almost thick tannins, and a very weighty finish that feels more like a Clos-de-Bèze. This muscular Charmes-Chambertin will need several years in bottle. Drink: 2020 - 2040
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.