2007 Charmes Chambertin Christian Serafin

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Average critic rating : 92.0 points



Notes of game and animal fur convey a decidedly different cast to Serafin’s 2007 Charmes-Chambertin from any of his other 2007s, and these are allied to generously ripe cassis and black raspberry. Quite corseted in tannin, this is nonetheless full of fruit concentration, with notes of bitter chocolate, licorice, vanilla, and peony adding alluring complexity. As with the in many respects similar Cazetiers, this seems to have energy and sap to burn. What’s more, there is a saliva-inducing, saline savor in the finish that I miss with other Serafin wines of this or the 2008 vintage. This Charmes might not be the most charming, bit it is certainly impressive, and ought to be worth attending to for a dozen years.||“In two thousand eight, the grapes had too much acid,” states Christian Serafin, “and in 2009, perhaps too much sugar,” he adds with a smile. Serafin says he had to perform a more rigorous de-leafing, green harvesting and triage in 2008 than in 2007. “It’s an awkward vintage for restaurants,” he points out about 2008, “because most of them sell the wines to be drunk young, and these wines will still not be very approachable at that stage.” Wine Advocate.June, 2010


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