|Streek||Bourgogne, Cotes de Nuits|
The 2016 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru includes 25% whole bunch fruit and is matured in 20% new oak. Cyprien said that the frost affected the old vines in this season. This felt very closed on the nose and unresponsive when given rigorous aeration. The palate has a dense, quite muscular opening, certainly Mazoyères in terms of weight and structure, with a finish that is like a teenager sulking in their bedroom. Yet you know they will come downstairs eventually, in this case, probably in around six to eight years' time. If only all sulky teenagers were like that.
Cherry, plum, earth and spice flavors are accented by a vegetal hint in this muscular red, which may deter some, but given time this should develop into more floral and spice notes, along with the gamy qualities mature Burgundy can possess. Rides a nice line between smoothness and chewy density. Fine length