2010 Charmes Chambertin Olivier Bernstein

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Average critic rating : 93.0 points



The 2010 Charmes-Chambertin opens with soft, subtle floral notes that lead to understated layers of blue and black fruits. The Charmes is a bit closed in on itself today, but it is a wine of significant promise. Tar, licorice and graphite wrap around the deep, satisfying finish. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030. ||Olivier Bernstein is one of the younger generation of micro-negociants who owns no vineyards, but rather sources fruit from a variety of vineyards. In just a few years Bernstein has put together an impressive collection of wines from some of the Cote d’Or’s most prestigious appellations. Bernstein describes 2010 as a vintage with a lot of millerandage (shot berries). The 2010s were vinified with 50% stems and the malos finished in July, which is fairly standard for the year. None of the 2010s had been racked at the time of my visit in late November 2011 and bottling was planned for March and April 2012. Stylistically, these are fleshy, generous wines that stand apart for their textural depth.||A Becky Wasserman Selection, Le Serbet, imported by: Fine Vines LLC, Melrose Park. IL; tel. (708) 343-6702 Wine Advocate.February, 2012

Olivier Bernstain comes from a musical family background and it was not until 2002, at 35 years of age, that he acquired his first 8 hectares of vineyard to cultivate in Rousillon. In 2007 he returned to his passion for Pinot Noir and has created a boutique negociant dealing in the top vineyards of Burgundy. Small yields, old vines, new barrels and no fining or filtrating mean that any grapes going into fermentation must be perfect. A new generation of wine making? Olivier has acheived rpaid international success for this range of wines.

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