Updated: Mar 6
Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014
One of the guys working at Hedonism Wine suggested me this nectar pitching it as a “bargain”. Not sure it is a bargain to spend £90 for a bottle of wine, but I decided to make me this gift! It is a 100% Pinot Noir from vineyards located at 260-208m asl in Côte de Nuits, the northern part of Côte d’Or. 15%/20% of the grapes come from 70 years old vines from Mazoyères. After a manual harvest, the grapes are totally destemmed. The berries are put into stainless steel or enameled vats for the start of fermentation, which will last approximately three weeks. The first week, the cold maceration takes place at around 5°C before warming to 12-13° to trigger the actual fermentation. Then the divine nectar sleeps for 15 months in oak barrels (60% new oak).
In the glass the wine has a brilliant ruby colour. The intensity is medium to pale.
The aroma intensity is medium plus. The first notes to hit the nostrils are the farmyard (tertiary) and resinous (secondary). After a couple of swirlings, the red fruits come out. They are so sharp and fresh. Then there are notes of cloves, vanilla, toast and fine dried flower. But honestly the farmyard dominates the aromatic palette, so I keep the sniffing short because too much merde de poule is not ideal just before having lunch.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are high with a lovely grip on the teeth; actually the tongue struggles to slip over. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5%). The flavour intensity is pronounced. In the mouth the fruit is delicious, so fresh and crunchy. There are also balsamic fragrances of eucalyptus and pine. Sip by sip, the black pepper comes out introducing notes of leather, cloves, charred wood, toast and smoke. Surprisingly there is almost no trace of farmyard. The aromas last for long.
If at the nose, the wine is a bit baffling given the excess of merde de poule, at the palate it is absolute stunning! Not only it is harmonious, but it has intensity and complexity. The tannins seem anaesthetizing the mouth, leaving a fantastic silky sensation, while the aromatic bouquet delights the tasting buds. The nectar is fabulous on its own, touching with a chateaubriand.
Final vote: 95
Price: £91.80 at Hedonism Wines