Charmes Chambertin 2016

Gevrey Chambertin / Rousseau

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru is another of the more youthfully expressive wines in the range, offering up aromas of ripe cherries, red plums, woodsmoke, dark chocolate and sweet forest floor. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and expressive, with fine tannins, tangy acids and a charming core of fruit.

Score: 92, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2025-2045 09 January 2020

Elegant and dense, with cherry, iron, stone and spice flavors fused to firm, dusty tannins. The fruit is locked up tight, revealing potential on the long, fruit- and spice-filled aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2042.

Score: 95

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2023-2042 05 December 2019

The 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a sultry, earthy bouquet with touches of oyster shell coming through with aeration. It never quite kicks into fifth gear though. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red berry fruit laced with orange rind and brown spices. It gains more complexity and nuance towards the finish with an attractive saline aftertaste. Not the most memorable Charmes-Chambertin that I have encountered, but there is no denying that it is very well crafted. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting.

Score: 93

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2022-2040 01 October 2019

The 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, which is a mix of Mazoyères and Charmes, has a delightful bouquet that needed little encouragement from the glass, with heavenly aromas of raspberry, crushed strawberry, ground stone verging on slate, perhaps more Mazoyères than Charmes (which is no surprise given that two-thirds of the vines are from that side of the grand cru). The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and crisp acidity, with a lighter finish than I expected, maybe needing a little more substance to develop with time. I am sure it will.

Score: 93 - 95

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2021-2045 23 December 2017

This is the first wine to display any appreciable level of reduction and in this case it's enough to dominate the underlying fruit. Otherwise there is good detail and excellent punch to the beguilingly delicious, intense and focused medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins on the mildly austere, beautifully complex and solidly persistent finish. I like the potential of this balanced effort that should amply repay extended cellaring if desired.

Score: 91 - 93

Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2028+ 15 January 2018

(one-third Charmes and two-thirds Mazoyères): Good medium red. Expressive aromas of raspberry, smoke, mocha and game. Fresh and firm in the mouth, offering a lovely combination of fresh strawberry and raspberry fruit and wilder elements of game and smoky minerality. A fairly rich, sweet style of Charmes but finishes with a firm tannic spine.

Score: 90 - 93

Stephen Tanzer, 01 January 2018