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Neal Martin, September 2019,
The 2017 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru comes from Mazoyères, where their parcel is populated by vines planted in 1968 and 1969. The broody bouquet does not disguise that it is Mazoyères, not Charmes, the fruit profile darker than its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with good grip, a fine bead of acidity and a sinewy style. Don’t be afraid to afford this four to five years in bottle. Very fine.
Coquard Loison Fleur
The Domaine Coquard Loison Fleurot (CLF – as it’s colloquially known in the London wine trade) has gone from strength to strength in recent years. The domaine has been around for decades but never made any wines which were highly sought-after and most of their grapes ended up in generic supermarket bottles. This all changed in 2010 when Thomas Colladot returned to the family estate and he began again, instilling a purity and freshness to the wines after his previous winemaking training under Sebastian Cathiard. Luckily he already had the advantage of a remarkable proportion of their vineyards being prime Grand Crus in the Cotes de Nuits.
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.