Robert Parker 90-92
Utilizing around 40% whole bunch fruit, the 2014 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru has a comparatively rich bouquet with layers of macerated red cherry fruit mixed with blueberry, the new oak coming through in pronounced fashion. The palate is sweet on the entry with grainy tannin, red cherries and wild strawberry, as well as a touch of orange rind with a spice note towards the structured finish that is Mazoyères-like in style. Give this a decade in bottle.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040
Deep ruby-red. Musky aromas of black cherry, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate. Powerful, densely packed and penetrating, showing less early sweetness than the Lavaux-Saint-Jacques but coming across as remarkably thick and full for a 2014. A bit oaky in the early going but one can already appreciate this wine’s grand cru depth. Finishes with big, dusty, even tannins and terrific chewy persistence. This wine boasts lovely balance but will nonetheless require extended aging.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2039
A discreet application of wood doesn’t detract from the intensely floral red berry fruit and earth-inflected aromas. There is really lovely richness and volume to the caressing medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the balanced, complex and wonderfully persistent finale. This is much more civilized at present than its Mazoyères counterpart and should be approachable after “only” a decade or so of bottle age. This too is absolutely lovely.
Contains one-third Mazoyères since 1996. Just 30-40% whole bunch ‘to keep the feminine side of the wine’. 100% new oak. Pretty heady and rich. Sweet start and very juicy. Easy to like! Lots of framework underneath. Vivacious. Kicking up its petticoats. Firm but not dry finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2033