What the heck are we doing drinking a 3 year old Grand Cru in the middle of summer in Hawaii anyway?? Because it was on the list, of course. Deep ruby. Black cherry and Griotte-like sour cherry followed by some greener elements. Dense at at first then relaxing a bit. Big for a Charmes, woody base, tart red fruit, tannic and a little chunky, which makes me think of my original question. I look forward to retrying this tomorrow.
Not 1 day but 2 days later, much easier to see beyond the oak. Now riper cherry, real sap and some sexy bacony char. Framed by fine acidity. In its gamy, grilled meat aspect, it reminded me of the few Roty Charmes I've had. Easier to feel confident about it after seeing its evolution, but still a big wine, no doubt.
France 2012 - Côte d'Or; 7/16/2012-7/21/2012 (Beaune): Tasted at the Domaine. From 375ml. This was a little shy on the nose compared to the previous wines and wasn’t giving up too much. On the palate red pinot fruit dominates with great acidity, firm (almost gritty) tannins and a long, long finish. Not as graceful as the Malconsorts. This is a burly and broad-shouldered Charmes that shows great depth on the palate and should be great in 10-15 years. Excellent. 92+
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