Full red-ruby color. Lovely musky soil tones complement cherry, animal fur, smoky minerality, wild herbs, molasses and pepper on the nose, along with a bacon fat quality from the barrels. Sweet black fruit and mineral flavors are carrying a full load of smoky bacon fat, giving this wine a Cote-Rotie-like impression. Rather full-blown for a Charmes from Bachelet, holding less in reserve today than I would have predicted a year ago. I’d enjoy this wine between about 2019 and 2025.
Robert Parker 96
The 2011 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a delightful bouquet with complex, mineral rich red currant and raspberry fruit that is linear and focused at the moment. There is wonderful definition as usual. The palate is medium-bodied with a smear of strawberry jam on the entry and then that heavenly mineralite kicks in towards the structure, precise and quite crystalline finish. Awesome. Drink 2016-2030+.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030