Charmes-Chambertin Dinner (Boka - Chicago IL): Served double blind alongside Lafon 2004 Meursault Genevrieres. Lots of apple with subtle nut hints. Slightly firm, almost backward, coming across as simpler than the Genevrieres. Perhaps better in the future? This was a good choice for a "blind white" at our Charmes-Chambertin dinner.
I think Darvid makes a very insightful point. This is very good, but lacks the wow factor that Lafon typically induces. Drank alongside an 06 Peter Michael, and it really couldn't compete. Who would have guessed that?
We had the CLos de la Barre 2004 and the Charmes 2004 together. To everyones surprise, the Clos de la Barre was the most enjoyable and harmonious wine at this stage. Very elegant and lifted nose with fresh notes of citrus and butter, still a bit forward and almost overseas, but with good definition. Mature heavy fruit with good mouthfill and a very long finish carried by the acidity. Lovely and very much Lafon! The Charmes was obviously fatter and more layered, but it was alse less defined on the nose and a bit too extracted and heavy without the freshness of the Clos de la Barre. Charmes is often quite heavy, but this was too much I thought.
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