The fruit for this wine comes from vineyard parcels that lie approximately 886 feet to 919 feet in elevation in Mazoyères-Chambertin and the upper portion of Charms. Grapes are sourced from two adjoining climats: Aux Charmes and Mazoyères ou Charmes. The vines have been organically farmed since 2001. Made from Pinot Noir grapes; grown on soils of Clay & limestone. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, using naturally occurring yeast. Aged in French barrique, 60-85% new. Aged for 18 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
In the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation, laying down the hill and to the east of the Grand Crus Latricières-Chambertin, and Chambertin, and the Premier Cru Aux Combottes, are the vineyards of Charmes-Chambertin or Mazoyères-Chambertin. The wines from these adjoining vineyards can be labeled either Charmes-Chambertin or Mazoyères-Chambertin. Most producers use Charmes. It is one of 9 Grand Cru vineyards in the appellation. Only Pinot Noir is planted. Charme(s) is used to designate "vegetation plateau, fallow or uncultivated land". At some time in the past, this Grand Cru climat sitting next to Chambertin was unplanted.
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has an exquisite bouquet with blackberry, bilberry and cassis fruit. This is very elegant and linear, great precision here. The palate is very well balanced, structured with citrus-infused blackcurrant fruit. There is that titillating prickle of salinity on the finish, a Mazoyères-like Charmes that should age well over the next 15-20 years.