Strong rich smoky coffee bean aromas. The dense dark opaque colour follows into the palate, with black wild forest fruit flavours. A superbly composed wine, with great breadth and a hugely fine long intense finish.
(from 55+ year old vines totaling .31 ha with .125 ha in Charmes and the other .18 ha in Mazoyères). A pungent nose of wood and reduction introduces agreeably fresh and restrained broad-shouldered flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration as well as lovely persistent on the lingering finish where there is also a hint of dryness though in this case it more clearly seems to be gas-related and thus my range offers the benefit of the doubt. Note that this is very firmly structured and will likely need at least 15 years of bottle age to fully resolve the tannins. Drink 2028+
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 was 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.