1999 Red Burgundy with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): Touch of brownish note on the rim. Very nice nose, open and expressive and was very rich and ripe closer to what we would expect 1999 to be. Light Spicy edge so nice. Could be mistaken for a syrah at times. Still on the young side and more a red fruited wine but very good now and will aged very nicely. Great surprise. 93-94
Expressive and quite complex on the nose - dark fruit, earth, spices. Just lovely. On the palate good acidity and grip, nice balance, slightly tart finish. Very very persistent. No rush drinking this. 92-93+
Light ruby throughout. Gorgeous nose of sour cherry, soil, and a distant hint of anise. Some secondary perfume as it sat open. Perfect light Gevrey weight with intriguing light sappiness and excellent mouth coverage without any wood influence. Snappy tart red fruit and an exotic twist of citrus balanced by earth and very strong underlying acidity that could still use a few years to fully absorb. This was just a great bottle in an ideal spot. Much more impressive than any Geantet Charmes I've had in the past.
For me, the best Charmes are expressive, concentrated and hedonistic wines that are not terribly complex. This is a wonderful example. Still quite youthful and not showing a lot of tertiary, expressive nose displaying mostly black fruits with a hint of red, blackberry, strawberry rhubarb pie, dark spices and earth. Very good concentration, round and warm fruit driven palate impression, good acidity and noticeable but nicely integrated tannins. Another five years of cellaring will add more tertiary notes. Very enjoyable.
Medium ruby with a hint of maturity. Typical Gevrey aromatics of sour red fruit and some soil. Medium to light weight, crisp and proper, brisk acidity but despite this, a pleasingly silky feel. Late touch of herbs. Inching toward full maturity. Finely detailed, but even accounting for the delicacy of Charmes, it is difficult to discern real Grand Cru character here; maybe at the Premier Cru level.
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